Shallow HalDirector: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Jack Black continues his march to stardom with this typical Farrelly brothers blend of broad comedy and a heartfelt message. Black is Hal Larsen, a shallow man rapidly approaching middle age whose superficiality can be attributed to his father's deathbed admonition to only date young, beautiful women. Hal and his best friend, Mauricio (Jason Alexander), have taken the advice to heart, but Hal finds all of his physically impressive girlfriends consistently lacking in other qualities that would make them ideal mates. When he bumps into self-help guru Tony Robbins (playing himself), the motivational entrepreneur is intrigued by Hal's predicament and hypnotizes him so that he'll only see the inner beauty of women. Hal is quickly smitten with Rosemary Shanahan (Gwyneth Paltrow), a blonde Peace Corps volunteer who's tenderhearted, funny, and intelligent. She is also gorgeous and meets Hal's basic criteria of outer perfection, but what he doesn't realize is that Robbins' spell is working and he cannot see that Rosemary actually weights 300 pounds. When Mauricio is finally able to snap Hal out of his charmed state, Hal's in love with the inwardly perfect woman and must overcome his obsession with beauty. The script for Shallow Hal (2001) was developed when Peter Farrelly enjoyed the humorous letters written to a mutual friend by Sean Moynihan, a computer software executive who followed the filmmaker's advice to take up screenwriting.
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Cast & Crew
|Gwyneth Paltrow||Rosemary Shanahan|
|Jack Black||Hal Larsen|
|Joe Viterelli||Steve Shanahan|
|Bruce McGill||Reverend Larson|
|Rob Moran||Other Hostess|
|Joshua Li'i'Boy Shitani||Li'iBoy|
|Nan Martin||Nurse Tanya Peeler|
|Sasha Joseph Neulinger||Young Hal|
|Jill Christine Fitzgerald||Mrs. Shanahan|
|Fawn Irish||Spastic Bella|
|Artists Asylum||Makeup Special Effects|
|Sidney Bartholomew||Production Designer|
|Pamela Withers Chilton||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Sharon Davis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Marc S. Fischer||Co-producer|
|Al Gardner||Makeup Special Effects|
|Scott Jacobson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Sarah S. Lopez||Associate Producer|
|Kristofer W. Meyer||Associate Producer|
|Hal Olofsson||Asst. Director|
|Manish Raval||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Jonathan "Earl" Stein||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John Joseph Thomas||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Arlan Jay Vetter||Art Director|
|Charles B. Wessler||Producer|
|Tom Wolfe||Musical Direction/Supervision|
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okay so he only likes women who are thin and beautiful and the movie proves that beauty is on the inside its not how a person looks the movie is funny but then gets sorta sad all in all a funny movie
This movie is so good and in a way educational, which can teach people not to look at people base on how they look. It is so great that everyone should watch it.
this is an awesome movie. i recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedy and romance combined with a really great moral. Even though this movie is a little weird with the guy having a tail, its a great all around movie.
I loved Shallow Hal. Jack Black is just crazy in this movie. Gwyneth Paltrow is awesome. This movie really was a smart and shows that people can still love people by their heart, not by their appearance.
I love this movie! It is like my favorite I have seen It like 50 times! Great story!