Shallow Hal

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

Shallow Hal ★★ 2001 (PG-13)

Dumpy loser Hal (Black), along with buddy Mauricio (Alexander), will only go after supermodelperfect women (with predictable results), until selfhelp guru Tony Robbins hypnotizes him into seeing the inner beauty of the women he encounters. This leads him to meet and pursue Rosemary (Paltrow), who he sees as the physical ideal, but the rest of the world knows to be 300 pounds. The Farrellys try to have it both ways, making fat jokes while projecting the message that appearance shouldn't matter. They're only moderately and intermittently successful. Paltrow does a good job of showing Rosemary's wariness and selfacceptance, while Black at times seems to be trying a little too hard. 114m/C VHS, DVD, UMD . US Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Joe (Johnny) Viterelli, Bruce McGill, Susan Ward, Rene Kirby, Tony Robbins, Zen Gesner, Brooke Burns, Rob Moran, Nan Martin; D: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly; W: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Moynihan; C: Russell Carpenter.