Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal

Bobby Farrelly (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Gwyneth Paltrow dons a fat suit and pretends she knows what it's like to carry a few (well, about 200) extra pounds in this comedy from the Farrelly brothers. Prepare to be mildly offended (and intermittently amused) by Hal (Jack Black), a man who only goes for the most attractive gals, which in his mind means the slender, supermodel type. That is until he's hypnotised by a motivational speaker (Tony Robbins) into only seeing a woman's inner beauty. Hal then finds himself falling for sweet-natured Rosemary (Paltrow) who, in his eyes, meets his pre-trance criteria when in fact she's a bit heftier than he's been led to believe. A surprisingly tame offering from the Farrellys, this is more romance than comedy, and those expecting Dumb and Dumber-style gross-out laughs will be disappointed. However, if the premise doesn't offend, it's an enjoyable way to pass the time.


Superficial Hal is only interested in dating physically perfect women, but his outlook is changed when a self-help guru hypnotises him into seeing inner beauty - and he ends up falling for a spirited overweight woman. However, when the hypnosis wears off he struggles to remember that looks are not everything. Farrelly Brothers comedy, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander and Joe Viterelli.

Cast & Crew

Hal Larson Jack Black
Rosemary Shanahan Gwyneth Paltrow
Mauricio Jason Alexander
Steve Shanahan Joe Viterelli
Walt Rene Kirby
Reverend Larson Bruce McGill
Tony Robbins Tony Robbins
Jill Susan Ward
Director Bobby Farrelly
Director Peter Farrelly
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Feb 2002