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Shallow Hal (Widescreen)

Jack Black , Gwyneth Paltrow , Bobby Farrelly , Peter Farrelly    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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A hypnotized playboy (Jack Black) who can only see "inner beauty" doesn't realize that his gorgeous girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) is actually a 300-pound-not-so-hottie. "Heartwarming and hilarious" (WFLD-TV), it's the BIGGEST love story ever told!

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This movie has a feel-good message, making it enjoyable enough for three stars. It says that we all deserve to be loved even if we're not physically attractive (in what it considers the "conventional" sense). But will it really change anything of what it deems mere "convention"? Will Gwyneth Paltrow go on being an advocate for the inner beauty of obese people and others "conventionally" unattractive? I kind of think not. Her performance here is significant and may display genuine talent. But most likely her future roles will reflect a sense of glamour in slimness as much as ever, meaning nothing was really changed by the movie. Similarly, will Jack Black, after his similarly impressive performance be any more inclined than before to accept an obese woman as a girlfriend? I similarly doubt that. For all its feel-good message, SHALLOW HAL builds us up for a let-down when we realize its lack of realism. Many of us will go on with our inner beauty as underappreciated as ever because of outer appearances, and will still find hard to swallow that suggestion that prevalent standards of beauty run no deeper than convention.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The real moral here July 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What I learned after watching this movie is that if someone who is extremely shallow and only pursues hotties suddenly becomes successful with hotties, he/she will one day instantly lose his/her shallowness. Why did I learn this instead of what the Farrley brothers set out to teach us? Simple: the stupid spell that Hal (Jack Black) was put under was garbage! In the beginning, he pursues hotties who reject him (who are hotties in reality, at least according to standards of society). After the spell, guess what? Surprise surprise.......he still pursues hotties (only this time, he's the only one who sees knock-outs; everyone else sees....well....what society has deemed less than knock-outs). He is still only interested in scoring with supermodels, and what really bothered me was the conversation Hal had with Mauricio (Jason Alexander) after he removed Hal's spell, and Hal could no longer locate the hottie he once saw sitting at the restaurant, known as Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow). Hal goes balistic on Mauricio, because "I had a beautiful, intelligent, funny, (blah blah blah) woman, and YOU MADE HER DISAPEAR," proving without a doubt that he still is shallow after the spell! All of her good qualities dissapear, only because her looks aren't a 10, and we are supposed to believe that Hal is turning over a new leaf? What sucks more is that, for no logical reason, the first time Hal looks at Rosemary (for real as an obese woman, and knows that it is her), he can instantly not only accept her, but want her. THIS ISN'T REALISTIC, PEOPLE!!! People who are shallow their whole life and don't look past the surface of people can't, in the blink of an eye, desire someone who physically, most people would consider a reject (wouldn't that be nice!). Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars If I'd known it was a Farrelly movie... May 15 2004
I would have never got it.
It's a mix-mash of a movie.
You may still enjoy it, but it's almost like 3 movies in 1:
1. The comedy - Shallow Hal
2. The tasteless comedy - complete with Rhino and Water Buffalo jokes, breaking chairs, and other insults
3. The social commentary and heartwarming feel-good romance.
Mostly, it's #'s 1 & 2 that don't jive with each other. This isn't a 'straight' comedy, because it's marred with insensitive jokes that COULD have been used just to enhance the feelings at the beginning, but even at the end of the movie they're still throwing them around. It's just a mess of a movie. They add some feel-good commentary, but *other characters* don't act consistently, and when they do stir up more responsible feelings, they let them die under the next rhino joke.
Pathetic. If I want low-brow humor, I'll watch a Kevin Smith flick and love it. This was a stinker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars AMUSING, BUT AN INSULT TO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN April 25 2004
When this movie was first released there was some hype about how offensive it supposedly was to unattractive and/or overweight women. I'm not a plain-looking or heavy-set gal (or a woman, period, for that matter) so I can't say for sure if it is, and I won't dispute their word about it either, but having seen it a number of times it seems odd that the ones who should be insulted by this movie aren't really saying what they should about it. (Hmmm, makes me wonder if maybe some of the stuff that's said about pretty ladies here ARE true. Kidding.) Anyways, I just really wanna set the record straight here for anyone who thinks that the hogwash that's spewed in this movie about pretty women is true. Here it goes: my bro is a professional photographer, and a very damn good one, too. He's worked with Playboy Playmates, fashion models, actresses and dancers. In all the 12 years in his illustrious job he has NEVER had any problems or conflicts with any of them because of their personalities. There's never been any reason for that happening, either. They've all been some of the nicest and funniest people we've ever met. Yes, I know, I'm his assistant.
I'm not gonna be hypocritical, though. I did like this movie and I did laugh a lot, but all the characterizations are completely inaccurate. Who says that all unattractive women are particularly nice??? And as for Hal's pretty but shallow neighbor, do you really think she'd be chasing him after watching him dance with "a pack of stampeding buffalos"? Being equally superficial as Hal was I would think she'd be curious to know him if the ladies at the night club really did look as good as Hal imagined them to be in his mind. Oh, well. Perhaps the makers of this movie should get out more. Nevertheless, a pretty funny movie. Peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the last guy is stupid
i dunno what the last guy is talking about this movie has a good message about not judging poeple by their outside self alone but to judge their personalities as well as what we... Read more
Published on July 10 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good comedy; too many awkward moments
Jack Black and Jason Alexander are masters of the art of comedy. We all know Alexander from the show "Seinfeld" (I think he and Cramner are much funnier than Seinfeld... Read more
Published on June 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good!!!
I did not expect much from Shallow Hal.I just expected your typical dumb comedy with the accompanying toilet humor and gag jokes. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by adriana
4.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Hal
"Shallow Hal" is an amusing romantic comedy. "Hal," a very shallow man portrayed by Jack Black, is hypnotized by Tony Robbins to see the inner beauty in... Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by K. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars SHALLOW hal! 15th april 2004.
Hal wants to meet a perfect woman. He just sees her going into a shop. He dosen't know her but he likes her it is like love at first sight. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Kathryn Pointon
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this movie because it challenged our perceptions of what was beautiful and how truly shallow society's perception of beauty is. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by DJ_Bitter
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's go Swimming
I happened to tape this one night and I was kind of wary to watch it. I heard the good reviews that it was a good, lighthearted film. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Alex Perkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Correctly Named
This movie most certainly lives up to the name "Shallow", as I could not find any humor in it what so ever. Let me see if I have story correct. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by "clarence_cat_2000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Hal Had a Gal
This has to be one of the funniest movies of all time. It is definately in my top ten. Jack Black really comes into his own in this sarcastic film about a man who just can't seem... Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Joseph J. Slevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Shallow Hal was not what I expected. It was an ok comedy starring Jack Black that finds what he thought to be a hott woman. And blah.
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by jkghjcofvkkbn
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