Shallow Hal (DVD)

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Shallow Hal (DVD)

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Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly continue their string of hilarious oddball comedies with SHALLOW HAL. Hal (Jack Black of HIGH FIDELITY) is a "regul...

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Super

ProGreat Acting, Great Moral.

ConsLittle Too Far-Fetched?

[This review is also on DooYoo under the same username.] Main Characters: ---------------------- Hal: Jack Black Rosemary: Gwyneth Paltrow Plot: ------ Hal has only ever dated 'beautiful' women, even if their personality sucks. He judges everyone he meets on appearance, and even tries to avoid...

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Pro Funny

Cons Slightly Politically Incorrect

Shallow Hal is a Farrelly Brothers Film that was first released back in 2001. Farrelly Bothers are synonymous with making Comedy Films that are shall we say, slightly Politically incorrect. This Film is no exception since the majority of its laughs seem to come from making fun of people that are...

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Excellent

ProPlot, cast

ConsSome may find it a little slow paced

When this first came out at the cinema I remember being desperate to see it but never getting round to it-something that is all too common in my life! Anyway I finally got round to watching it a few years ago on TV and then decided to buy the DVD a few months ago. I have just watched it again so...

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ProNice film, not too demanding, seeing Gwynnie in a ...

ConsSlightly too long, unmemorable soundtrack

I watched this rom-com film recently on Channel 4, having seen it once before too. While watching it for the second time it struck me how, well, NICE the whole thing is. And funny - the tag lines of "The Biggest Love Story Ever Told" and "True Love Is Worth The Weight" might make you smirk, but...

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Prosee review

Conssee review

The Farrely brothers have long been known as the kings of the gross out comedy genre. Their back catalogue of movies includes the likes of Dumb & Dumber and Me, Myself and Irene amongst others so you would be forgiven for expecting more of the same - they have never strayed from that path before...

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Satisfactory

“Hal of a Laugh”

published 04/02/2002

Prosome laughs

Conslots

I heard on the TV that Shallow Hal was being denoted as an insult against fat people! Apparently a lot of people (fat and otherwise) in the USA had claimed it was insulting! Having an extra stone or two myself, I felt the need to investigate (ok-so I wanted to watch the film too). Gweneth Paltrow...

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“ Shallow, Thy Name is Hal”

published 06/01/2005

Profunny, good idea for a story

Consat times slightly offensive

I'm sure most people have seen this film by now, as it has been out for quite a while. But I thought I would review it anyway! Shallow Hall is a Farrelly Brothers film. For Farrelly Brothers, you tend to read "Comedy in a Gross or Politically Incorrect Sort of Way". This film is no exception as...

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ProFunny

ConsVictim of its own theme

Deeply traumatised at an early age by the death of his father, Hal grows up into a man who is completely obsessed with the pursuit of beautiful women. Whilst all of Hal’s friends and colleagues politely try to point out that all of his pursuits are of women who are clearly out of his league...

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Good

“Shallow Indeed”

published 02/12/2002

Progood performances, occasionally funny

Consmixed messages

Hal (Jack Black) likes good looking girls. Very good looking girls. Nothing less will do, despite the fact that he's no oil painting himself. He regularly takes himself and his not inconsiderable girth down to the local club where he tries - sometimes successfully, often in vain - to get into the...

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Excellent

“Big is beautiful”

published 26/07/2011

ProHilarious story

Consnone

When people search for a partner, they don't just look for physically beautiful people, they also want someone who has inner beauty. In the 2001 film, Shallow Hal, a superficial man has a whole new outlook to finding his perfect partner. Shallow Hal is about Hal Larson, a man who is very shallow...

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Good

“A time passer”

published 03/02/2003

ProSome funny humour

ConsPredictable plot

Firstly, before I start, I must say that if it was not for my wife, I would never have given this film a second glance. Its going to be a wishy washy feelgood/happy ending type film. You just know it. It has it written all over it. But, I gave it a chance and Im glad I did. It was worth a viewing...

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Super

“Do You Think I Am Shallow”

published 27/03/2002

Progood movie

ConsNone maybe not enough redheads in the film

Shallow Hal……..No Way am I Shallow….Nooooooooooo!!! I decided to go see this film as I thought it would be a laugh and I wasn’t disappointed. It stars Jack Black as Hal and Gwyneth Paltrow as Rosemary. Jack Black also appeared with John Cusack in High Fidelity and was...

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Good

“There she blows!!!”

published 16/08/2005

ProFunny - serious, Love

Constaking it seriously

I liked this film very much; it was some thing I would never have thought about watching, although Gwenth Paltrow was init, which I did not know until watching. The film focuses on inner beauty, Hal (Jack Black) who is the main character, is told when he is a young boy that beauty is the most...

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Super

“Sweet Toothed Comedy”

published 11/10/2002

ProGood Characters, Acting, Amusing, Enjoyable

ConsNot a complete laugh riot

The Farrelly Brothers are renowed for some of the best gross comedy moments in recent years. Their films are ones that I don't really care for on a first viewing, however repeat viewings always make them seem funnier. Dumb and Dumber is throwaway, Kingpin is a bit of an under-rated gem while...

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Good

Profunny and thought-provoking

Consbit corny

I had no idea what this film was about when I was dragged to see it by a friend in Seattle. I agreed to go on the grounds that there was a restaurant built into the cinema, and I could be served a four course meal while watching … if there’s one thing that might put you off your food for good...

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Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly continue their string of hilarious oddball comedies with SHALLOW HAL. Hal (Jack Black of HIGH FIDELITY) is a "regular guy" who has no luck with women because he only wants to be with women who look like supermodels. Then self-help guru Tony Robbins hypnotizes Hal so that he can see a woman's inner beauty. When Hal meets Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), a Peace Corps volunteer who is smart and funny, he thinks his dreams have come true. Others, like Hal's slimy friend Mauricio (Jason Alexander), see Rosie for what she is, a 300-pound woman, but Hal can only see the beauty on the inside, so to him she looks like, well, Gwyneth Paltrow.<BR>Black shines in his first starring role. His engagingly manic energy keeps the film in high gear. Paltrow skillfully plays Rosemary as an obese woman in a thin woman's body. The Farrelly brothers' comedies work so well because they mix off-the-wall humor with characters the audience identifies with and cares about. SHALLOW HAL is outrageous and funny, occasionally exceeding the bounds of good taste, but it's also a touching love story. Fans of Black's band, Tenacious D, will be happy to see bandmate Kyle Gass in a small role.

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