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In Shallow Hal, Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) works with the Peace Corps

In Shallow Hal, Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) works with the Peace Corps

In Shallow Hal, Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) works with the Peace Corps

Shallow Hal (2001)

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* Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, See more

* Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

* Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)

* Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby

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* Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video

* DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004

* DVD Features:

o Commentary by Farrelly brothers

o 11 deleted scenes

o Four Featurettes:

o -"HBO Special"

o -"Reel Comedy TV Special"

o -"Seeing Throught the Layers"

o -"In the Deep End With Shallow Hal"

o Music video "Wall in Your Heart" - by Shelby Lynne

o Widescreen anamorphic format

* From IMDb: Quotes & Trivia

* ASIN: B00005JKLQ

* Other Formats: VHS, VHS subtitled in Spanish, VHS dubbed in Spanish, VHS subtitled in Spanish

* Average Customer Review: Based on 226 reviews. Write a review.

* Amazon.com Sales Rank (DVD): 3,230

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Coming from the creators of Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, the sensitivity of Shallow Hal seems like a minor miracle. The codirecting Farrelly brothers haven't forsaken their lowbrow inclinations, but this clever romantic fantasy offers unexpected substance with the same comedic effrontery that made the Farrellys famous. Their antihero is Hal (Jack Black), whose fixation on beautiful women is reversed (after an encounter with self-help guru Tony Robbins) so he can see only the inner beauty of "undesirables" like his new girlfriend Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), now gorgeous in Hal's eyes despite being grossly obese. The movie's handling of this conundrum is sweetly sincere, poking fun at social prejudices while validating those (overweight, homely, disabled) who are often heartbroken by Hal's brand of shallowness. The concept won't hold up to scrutiny (i.e., the movie trades one set of stereotypes for another), but Shallow Hal works as an often hilarious reminder that physical beauty is only skin deep. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Theatrical Release edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Surprisingly sensitive; feel-good DVD!, July 9, 2002

Reviewer: Jumpmaster (see more about me) from Texas

Okay, I sheepishly confess that I watched this DVD expecting to see some patented Farrelly brothers humor: crude, insensitive, and in-your-face. WOW, was I surprised.

This movie is definitely humorous (we laughed out loud at times) but when it's over, you come away with a heightened sense of sensitivity for those people society categorizes as "ugly", "fat" or "undesirable." And if you're not careful, you may just approach life a bit differently once you've watched this excellent movie.

Hal (portrayed wonderfully by Jack Black), and his best friend Mauricio (Jason Alexander) are a couple of obnoxious, shallow guys who make no apologies for their fixation on dating ONLY young, beautiful women. This is tough for both of them, as neither one is particularly good-looking. But, they drive on doggedly in their pursuit of women who are consistently "out of their league."

Everything changes when Hal is stuck in an elevator with a self-motivational guru, who gives Hal a "gift". In fact, Hal is hypnotized; now, he sees a person's inner beauty, not their outward physical appearance. Unattractive or obese women look like supermodels to Hal; and when he approaches them, genuinely attracted to their true beauty, they respond. After years of being unable to connect with beautiful women, suddenly Hal has an unprecedented run of success...only, the women are really not physically attractive, and this is evident to Mauricio, and everyone else...except Hal. In short order, Hal hooks up with Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is smart, funny, caring, and to Hal, stunningly beautiful. One problem: to the rest of the world, Rosemary is a 350-pound behemoth who breaks restaurant furniture simply by sitting on it.

Rosemary and Hal fall madly in love, and it turns out that Rosemary's father is the CEO of Hal's investment company. Taken by Hal's sincerity, and his insightful ideas for improvements to the firm, Rosemary's father promotes Hal to his right-hand man. Everything is going wonderfully for Hal and Rosemary...that is, until Mauricio decides to "rescue" Hal by breaking the hypnosis. What will happen now that Hal can see the REAL Rosemary?

This is a great movie, and can even be watched and appreciated by preteen children. The sexual situations are mild, and there is little or no foul language or nudity. Gwyneth Paltrow, and especially Jack Black, give excellent acting performances. Make it a point to watch and enjoy this DVD. It just might change your life, and make you wish we could ALL see only the "inner beauty" of others. Our world today is much too preoccupied with physical appearance, and other shallow concepts that don't truly matter in the grand scheme of things.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Refreshingly Original, January 9, 2002

Reviewer: A viewer from Morris, MN USA

Modern society exists in a state of collective denial about a number of issues, particularly about women's physical appearance. Enter Shallow Hal. This film applies a comedic look to a very serious cultural disorder, and it does so with stunning success.

Some comments:

Anybody who appreciates humor has to enjoy Jack Black. Period. This guy is absolutely the funniest actor since Steve Martin. I mean, I was rolling on the floor watching him dancing. That's not to say that the movie is a piece of fluff. It is far from that. As somebody who has seen the effects of anorexia on one too many close friends and relatives, I believe I have the perspective to say that this film challenges our psychological perception of ourselves and others, and addresses the issues with dignity.

Particularly important, as a secondary but related theme, is the treatment of disability culture within the film. It's refreshing to see an actor with spina bifida portrayed in a realistic light, again, with dignity.

I believe I come not too far off the mark when I say that the Farrely Bros. are taking a step towards a more complex, mature film-making style with this piece. Thoroughly recommended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

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Brilliant, March 25, 2004

Reviewer: The Dark Angel (see more about me) from Somewhere

I loved this movie because it challenged our perceptions of what was beautiful and how truly shallow society's perception of beauty is. Jack Black was a comedic genius in this and had a strangely loveable quality about him. Gwyneth Paltrow was wonderful as Rosemary. Definately a must watch.

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Correctly Named, March 20, 2004

Reviewer: clarence_cat_2000 (see more about me) from Vienna, WV United States

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. This jerk Hal, who only wants to be seen with "sexy, attractive, skinny" women, gets hypnotized and now sees only the "inner beauty". Meaning any woman other than a perfect 10 looks like a perfect 10 because inside they are a perfect 10. And beautiful women look ugly because inside they are ugly, with the notable exception of the neighbor. So he falls in love with the bosses daughter, Rose Mary, Gwyneth Paltrow. However, when his well meaning friend says the magic words and removes the hypnotic spell, Hal no longer see the inner beauty. In spite of falling in love with Rose Mary he fails to recognize her real self when he walks right past her in the hallway. Then after some soul searching Hal realizes that he really loves Rose Mary for her extra large self. What a load of crap. This movie is insulting and degrading. Do not waste your time watching it. I only wish I could have given this movie a -5 stars.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Shallow Hal Had a Gal, March 10, 2004

Reviewer: Joseph J. Slevin (see more about me) from Carlsbad, CA United States

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 to find a someone, he is always is looking on the outward appearance and he thinks he is the 'cat's meow.'

There are so many funny scenes, Hal and his friend, played by Jason Alexander, are just two losers who are constantly rating the girls they talk with thinking they have something going on themselves.

Alexander does a great job as Hal's friend, Mauricio, who supports Hal throughout his escapades, then when Hal has been changed and is dating women that look good only to him, he, well, really comes to life. Alexander's one liners are really only things people think........'the giraffe or the rhino???'

Jack Black is very funny when he looks at Alexander strangely as Mauricio rejects his own very attractive girlfriend who has only a small defect.

There are so many great ironies and look at the trailers and added features.

This movie is really of a coming of age of someone with a twisted world view. If only all of us could be so changed.

You will definately have a good laugh and be touched with some of the situations that Hal comes into contact with.

This is one fun time of a movie.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Good, February 22, 2004

Reviewer: Kurt Tarvis (see more about me) from Hollywood

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.

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