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Shallow Hal

comedy, drama, romance

A man so shallow that all he cares about are the bodies of the women he dates finds true love after being hypnotized into seeing the beauty that exists even in the least physically appealing women.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
3 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly bros.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language for a PG-13, especially the sexual references. Characters drink, and several scenes are set at a bar/nightclub. The overall theme of the movie is the importance of judging people based on their behavior, not their looks. Robbins explains that Black is not hypnotized now -- he was hypnotized before, when he thought that all of the TV and movie images of beauty were what mattered. Some viewers may feel that the movie itself makes fun of people who do not fit current standards of beauty. A disabled character is treated with complete naturalness -- he is by no means perfect (because he gets around on all fourts, he tells girls he recognizes them by their panties), but he's good-hearted and respected.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what we look at and what we look for when we meet people. If we saw the way Hal does, who would be the most beautiful person you know? How would you look? Would you like to see people the way Hal does?

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Hilarious in parts, sickeningly sentimental in others, Shallow Hal has the Farrellys trying to expand their range, with only mildly successful results.

- Neil Smith, BBC, Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I just don't think this panned out like it was supposed to. You'd think with such a funny cast that it would've been at least funny, but it really wasn't. It went way too far into being a drama and having life lessons about dating and how you should judge a person. It's interesting to see Gwyneth Paltrow as a fat person, but beyond that it's not much.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, January 16, 2010

0 star

I think this movie was a waste of time, money, and film..

- LWOODS04, Friday, January 8, 2010

3 stars

Not only very funny, but also surprisingly sweet and moving for a Farrelly brothers film.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, December 26, 2009