Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal
Shallow Hal
  • PG-13
  • 1h 54m
  • 2001
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Jack Black stars in this heavyweight comedy from the Farrelly Brothers as Hal, a skirt chaser who, after a mind-altering experience with a self-help guru, doesn't realize that his gorgeous girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) is actually a 300-pound not-so-hottie. Meanwhile, his playboy pal Mauricio (Jason Alexander) is determined to break the spell in this heartwarming and hilarious film.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Critics Consensus: While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.
Reviews
Variety
Todd McCarthy
Rotten

With the relatively untested Black coming on awfully strong, the lack of directorial finesse lets...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Fresh

The film is not as funny as their best, but fascinates in the discomforting way it foregrounds the...

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Almar Haflidason
Fresh

June 17, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
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The Farrelly brothers are fresh out of ideas with this dull effort, a kind of Farrelly Lite. They...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly bros.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language for a PG-13, especially the sexual references. Characters drink, and several scenes are set at a bar/nightclub. The overall theme of the movie is the importance of judging people based on their behavior, not their looks. Robbins explains that Black is not hypnotized now -- he was hypnotized before, when he thought that all of the TV and movie images of beauty were what mattered. Some viewers may feel that the movie itself makes fun of people who do not fit current standards of beauty. A disabled character is treated with complete naturalness -- he is by no means perfect (because he gets around on all fourts, he tells girls he recognizes them by their panties), but he's good-hearted and respected.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:November 9, 2001
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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