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Hal takes his dying father's advice, dates only the embodiments of female physical perfection. But that all changes after Hal has an unexpected run-in with self-help guru Tony Robbins. Intrigued by Hal's shallowness, Robbins hypnotizes him into seeing the beauty that exists even in the least physically appealing women.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 11 S-words. Quite a few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual remarks and one almost nude rear shot. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking. ACTION: None COMEDY: VERY FUNNY! The most laughs of any movie this year.
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Review Good "Shallow Hal is not so much about how gross people are
as how beautiful they are once you get beyond the rude, noisy flesh. It's a
sermon wrapped in a fat suit.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "Shallow Hal surprises. Neither gross, nor
obscene, nor perverse, this motion picture sets out to do something that no
other Farrelly Brothers film has yet done: tell a story with a moral. Shallow
Hal is a sweet, somewhat dumb romantic comedy that's almost impossible to
Review Good "Shallow Hal is often very funny, but it is also
surprisingly moving at times. It contains characters to test us.. ..the
movie offers a good time. It's very funny across the usual range of Farrelly
gags, from the spray-on toupee to a woman with a long second toe to a man with a
tail. Paltrow is truly touching.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "Basically, this is the sort of film that's likeable
enough until you start to think about it, a garden-variety male fantasy with a
veneer of feminist empathy laid lightly over the top.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
I was really curious how well I would predict the response to this movie. It's so hard to predict what others will think of a movie when it contains this type of silly humor. Well, I didn't miss it by too much, but there are more low opinions and negative comments than I thought there would be. But, for this type of movie (silly/stupid) these are actually some high opinions.
As with most Farrelly brothers films, they're not for everyone. Their style of crude humor is not everyone's "cup of tea." The negative comments about it containing crude humor indicates that some moviegoers didn't know what type of movie they were going to see.
I noticed that most of the opinions below "Very Good" indicated that they would recommend the movie to friends and that it was better than they had expected, which says a lot.
From these opinions I can still RECOMMEND "SHALLOW HAL" but ONLY to those that like the Farrelly's style of crude humor.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
One of the funnier movies I've seen. It was better than its previews, which is quite unusual. One of the most important aspects is that the humor is for everyone. Sure it's silly, but it's not TOO silly. I feel confident that most moviegoers will find it very funny.
Throughout history, few concepts have been pondered as much as the nature of beauty. Philosophers, poets, scientists, and theologians have contemplated and been inspired by its many forms and mysteries. Some find it in the wonders of nature, others in a simple, enigmatic smile. There are even those who have traveled to the ends of the Earth and beyond in search of beauty.
Then there's Hal Larsen, the ultimate shallow guy. Hal finds beauty only in supermodels and centerfolds. The first thing he looks for in a woman is, well, looks. Hal won't even consider dating someone with a less-than-perfect body, smile and sense of style.
But after an impromptu hypnosis by self-help guru Tony Robbins, Hal's view of women makes a 180-degree turn; he now sees their true inner beauty. Enter Rosemary
(Gwyneth Paltrow), an overweight Peace Corps volunteer. Hal, envisioning Rosemary's kindness and humor as female physical nirvana, is instantly smitten and an idyllic romance begins. When the spell is broken, Hal must now face an unrecognizable Rosemary and learn one of life's most important lessons.