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Shallow Hal
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Starring: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Tony Robbins
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Twentieth Century Fox
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Kiddie Movie: Nah, they won't get it.
Date Movie: She'll probably like it better than you.
Gratuitous Sex: One scene where Gwyneth takes off her clothes, but it's shot from the back.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some chuckles but most of them were in the trailers.
Memorable Scene: Mauricio revealing his secret to Hal.
Memorable Quote: None stand out.
Directed By: Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Produced By: Bradley Thomas, Charles Wessler, Bobby and Peter Farrelly.

Shallow Hal
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:53 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Hoodwinked. Hoodwinked I tell you. Yes, everyone seeing the trailers for "Shallow Hal," everyone feeding into the "itís from the Farrelly brothers," and everyone expecting a movie full of politically incorrect laughs, myself included, have been hoodwinked because "Shallow Hal" ends up being a well-played love story in which Hal (Jack Black) ends up truly finding that inner beauty is more important than physical beauty.

We get introduced to Hal as a young child, seeing his father die, and his fatherís last, morphine-induced advice, is that Hal should never settle for anything but a hot wife. So Hal goes through life with his buddy, Mauricio (Jason Alexander), basically working on getting women totally out of their league. Hal canít understand why the hot ladies arenít falling for him, and after spending some time in an elevator with the self-help dude, Tony Robbins, well, Tony makes it so when Hal looks at women he sees their inner beauty, rather than if they are fat or ugly, and this inner beauty projects the look of the woman. Now Hal starts hitting on not-so-pleasant looking ladies, but he sees them as supermodels, namely Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow). Mauricio, however, is horrified that his best friend has lowered his standards, but Hal canít figure out why. So, Hal starts courting Rosemary, Rosemary canít really figure out why Hal thinks she is the greatest thing since Heidi Klum, but even so she likes Hal. Blah, blah, blah, by this time you know this isnít going to be an over-the-top comedy that the Farrellyís are famous for. Nope, now you know youíve been suckered into a romantic comedy preaching about how people shouldnít be superficial. So, yea, you can guess that Hal will get un-hypnotized, will get freaked finding out Rosemary is really a grossly overweight woman, and, surprise, surprise, and Iím sorry for spoiling this, but, and guess it for yourself Ė does Hal stay shallow and dump Rosemary because sheís a fat chick, or does Hal love Rosemary for the woman she is?

Anyway, "Shallow Hal" is a good movie, just probably not what you were expecting. The funny, sort of making fun of fat people scenes, are all in the trailer, and the rest of the movie goes along more about how we shouldnít pre-judge people. There are a few inconsistencies in the movie, namely that it is selective who Hal sees as beautiful or ugly, whether male or female, but itís easy to get past that, and you do get some fun acting by Jack Black, unable to understand why people donít think Rosemary is a supermodel. But, for me, the movie just preaches too much. If I want that, and see a funnier movie, I can watch "Shrek."

I think I was let down more by the fact that "Shallow Hal" didnít go for the cheap jokes and instead was a nice love story. It didnít have the out-and-out laughs the Farrellyís are famous for, mostly nice little chuckles that at least have you glad you didnít waste your money.

With that Iím giving "Shallow Hal" 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. It wasnít what it was advertised to be, it really isnít a great romantic comedy, but if youíve got a couple of hours to kill in the afternoon, go ahead and catch a matinee.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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