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Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 November 2001 (USA)
A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".
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Hal
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Mauricio
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Walt
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Reverend Larson
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Himself (as Tony Robbins)
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Jill
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Ralph
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Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a grossly obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Amor ciego  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,518,295 (USA) (9 November 2001)

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$70,836,296 (USA) (29 March 2002)
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Trivia

Ironically, Jack Black had to lose weight for the role of Hal. See more »

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When Hal is riding in the Jeep the key in the ignition is not turned on. See more »

Quotes

Walt: Don't you read the business section?
Hal: Why, what's up?
Walt: I just sold my company to Microsoft!
Hal: Yeah, you cleaned up?
Walt: Let's just say if I had an ass, I'd wipe it with twenties.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the TV version, after the Seabrook tribute, the character Walt is shown skiing and then what appears to be an unused scene of the 'thin' Rosemary dragging a collapsed horse in front of bemused cowhands. See more »

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Edge Of The Ocean
Written by Andy Chase, Dominique Durand and Adam Schlesinger
Performed by Ivy
Courtesy of Nettwerk America
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Reinforcing stereotypes
5 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I could not stop watching this film because I was desperate to know exactly how the Farrelly brothers could possibly get themselves out of the huge pit they had dug for themselves. This film claims to be challenging what is considered beautiful in our society. In one section a character expresses the moral heart of the film by saying that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and by suggesting that we are hypnotised into believing what is and is not beautiful by the media etc. Fair enough! However, all representations of inner beauty are portrayed in clichéd and predictable stereotypes of female beauty in exactly the same way you would find in any Hollywood blockbuster. Thus, the film reinforces the same notions of beauty that it claims it is trying to undermine. Also, all fat people are not nice with a "good sense of humour", this is as HUGE stereotype. I am fat, unpleasant and not funny.


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