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Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal

In Shallow Hal, we  see, of all things, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black in romantic comedy.  The thought of these two as lovers is truly funny.

The story revolves around Hal (Jack Black) who is obsessed with only dating beautiful women.  With his looks, that is comedic to the max.  Add into the mix his friend Mauricio (Jason Alexander) who is a womanizer with a taste for only the finest ladies.  In the scheme of things Hal is truly shallow.  A great example of this is his response when asked if he would prefer a woman with one breast or ½ a brain.  Hal answers “ How big is the breast?”

By chance, Hal meets self help guru Anthony Robbins in an elevator.  Robbins quickly accesses Hal and determines that Hal needs to be hypnotized and does so.  While in Robbins' control, Hal is given the “gift” to see the inner beauty of people.

Enter Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow) a 300 pound lady who appears to Hal as the slim and sultry Paltrow and the two fall in love.  What is unfortunate that for all but a few moments we see Paltrow as the slim beauty instead of the large lady that she is supposed to be.

The love story is feeble and the running fat jokes fall horribly flat.  After delivering Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself & Irene and There's Something About Mary, one would think that the brothers Farley knew how far to push a joke and when to quit.  This in not the case with Shallow Hal.

Instead of staying with humor, we have a moral lesson being taught here and when did moral statements become part of ANY Farley brothers movie?  Had they stayed with the formulas that had worked so well in the past Shallow Hal could have been a good film.  Granted there are some tender moments and good lines, but all in all, this film is just that - shallow.

 
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