TITLE : Shallow Hal
YEAR OF RELEASE : 2001
CLASSIFICATION : M
DIRECTOR : Bobby & Peter Farrelly
STARRING : Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, Rene Kirby, Bruce McGill, Anthony Robbins, Susan Ward
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FILM REVIEW :
"Shallow Hal" is the latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers & possibly their first attempt at more conventional humour. "Shallow Hal" does not include the usual toilet humour that has now become synonymous with a Farrelly Brothers movie. "Shallow Hal" is a comedy that tries to deliver a message in morals, & it does so in style by being very funny without going over the top.
Shallow Hal (Jack Black), on the advice of his dying father, goes through life chasing women who are physically beautiful. After a chance encounter with a hypnotist (real-life writer & motivational speaker Anthony Robbins) Shallow Hal is transformed & given the ability to appreciate the inner beauty of people. For example, a fat woman possessing inner beauty is perceived as slim & beautiful to Hal. The plot takes a few twists & turns as Hal falls in love with obese woman, Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) & then later loses his new perceptive powers.
Jack Black has appeared in numerous supporting roles in films such as "High Fidelity" & "Saving Silverman" but "Shallow Hal" is his first starring role & his brilliant performance in this film has shown that he has the talent & charisma to carry a film on his own. His co-star, the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow puts in another fine performance as usual. Also, Jason Alexander from Sinefeld is excellent as Jack Black's comedic sidekick.
"Shallow Hal" was made on a budget of $40 million & has already grossed over $65 million in the US alone. "Shallow Hal" is an enjoyable romantic comedy. It is a unique film, charming & touching at times, it should have special appeal to family audiences.