5.9/10
121,542
420 user 112 critic

Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 November 2001 (USA)
Trailer
2:07 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
A shallow man falls in love with a 300-pound woman because of her inner beauty.
Reviews
Popularity
3,009 ( 446)
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Stuck on You (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Conjoined twins from Martha's Vineyard move to Los Angeles so that one of them can pursue an acting career.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Eva Mendes
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A newly wed man who believes he's just gotten hitched to the perfect woman encounters another lady on his honeymoon.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pair of buddies conspire to save their best friend from marrying the wrong woman.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Jason Biggs, Steve Zahn, Jack Black
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A buttoned up newlywed finds his too organized life falling into chaos when he falls in love with an old classmate.

Director: John Hamburg
Stars: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson
Fever Pitch (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Jason Spevack
Hall Pass (2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Rick and Fred, two husbands who are having difficulty in their marriages, are given a Hall Pass by their wives: for one week, they can do whatever they want.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate
Orange County (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler.

Director: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk
Duplex (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young couple has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood. All they have to do is bump off the current tenant, a cute little old lady.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Rosemary
Jack Black ... Hal
Jason Alexander ... Mauricio
Joe Viterelli ... Steve Shanahan
Rene Kirby Rene Kirby ... Walt
Bruce McGill ... Reverend Larson
Anthony Robbins ... Himself (as Tony Robbins)
Susan Ward ... Jill
Zen Gesner ... Ralph
Brooke Burns ... Katrina
Rob Moran ... Second Tiffany
Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani ... Li'iBoy
Kyle Gass ... Artie
Laura Kightlinger ... Jen
Nan Martin ... Nurse Tanya Peeler
Edit

Storyline

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Are You A Shallow Guy? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shallow Hal See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,518,295, 11 November 2001

Gross USA:

$70,836,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,069,860
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sage Bonnie Humphrey: Anthony Robbins' wife gets his autograph when he is coming out of the building and Jason Alexander comes to talk to him. See more »

Goofs

When Rosemary cuts the cake the cake is a two layer cake with vanilla on top and chocolate on the bottom. The next shot it is two layers of chocolate. The final shot of the cake the chocolate layer has switched positions. The knife is in a different position in each shot. See more »

Quotes

[Jill has just propositioned Hal]
Hal: You know, there are a few times in a guy's life - and I mean two or three, tops - when he comes to a crossroads, and he's gotta decide. If he goes one way, he can keep doing what he's been doing and be with any woman who'll have him. And if he goes the other way, he gets to be with only one woman, maybe - maybe for the rest of his life. Now it seems that by taking the other road, he's missing out on a lot. But the truth is, he gets much more in return. He gets ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits, Walt prepares to go skiing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Forget Where I'm From
Written by Justin Kawika Young and Kekama Emmsley
Performed by Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani (as Joshua "Li'iboy" Shintani)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the sweetest movies I've ever seen!
9 July 2002 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

No contest, I will say this marks the best of the Farrelly Brothers. Not because this film is laugh-out-loud funny--it's funny, but not hilarious--but because it has a great heart and delivers a beautiful message without any corny Hollywood pretentions. Sure, the premise is funny--a shallow guy gets virtually hypnotized into thinking all the unattractive women he sees are foxes and ends up going out with a 500-pound woman who he also thinks is a fox. It's a great premise, but the Farrellys don't fixate on that premise alone, preventing it from turning it into a lame, one-joke slapstick comedy. This is a comedy with heart--a rare finding. In between laughs, you really get wrapped up in the characters and storyline. The gags flow quite naturally, without the Farrellys forcing any humor onto the screen. If a comic opportunity comes along, they take advantage, but there's no random acts of slapstick.

I am pleasantly surprised with Jack Black, who has proved in this movie that he doesn't only have what it takes as a comic actor, but also as a serious actor and a romantic lead. I've always enjoyed seeing him on screen, but he usually plays the same wound-up, hyperkinetic characters. Basically, he's funny, but you still know you're watching Jack Black on screen. This time he exercises his ability as a method actor, he succeeds well. Gwyneth Paltrow is adorable and sweet, capturing the audience's sympathy with her winning smile. Joe Viterelli is amusing as her overweight Irish father, and actually pulls off a fairly convincing Irish accent. The sizzling hot Brooke Burns makes a few appearances. And Jason Alexander is always a joy to watch.

I think "Shallow Hal" does the best job at conveying the message that beauty is on the inside. It has been conveyed before in films like "The Nutty Professor," but I feel this film conveyed it best. This could've easily been a 105-minute fat joke, but it doesn't travel that route. There are no crude or mean-spirited gags. Could it be that the Farrelly Brothers matured? Even of the films of theirs that I liked (ex.: "Dumb and Dumber," "There's Something About Mary") are a little uneven and contain a few gags that are just plain cruel. Like in "Mary," Cameron Diaz's brother is mentally ill and the butt of a few jokes. Here, we have a character that walks on both his arms and legs, but he's portrayed as a normal character, and not as a gimmick for some cheap laughs. There are moments that really tugged at my heartstrings. The "burn victim" scene brought quite a few tears to my eyes. The story is solid, with no boring lulls. And the soundtrack is pretty good--I have criticized the Farrellys in the past for using crappy music in their sountracks.

If you're looking for a good romantic/date movie with some good laughs and a good message, "Shallow Hal" will be an absolute delight.

My score: 8 (out of 10)


102 of 120 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 420 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed