Shallow Hal

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40686219
UPC 024543040057
UPC 14 00024543040057
Format DVD
Release Date 7/14/2009
Social Issues
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Editors Note
Note 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 Gwyneth Paltrow.^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.
New York Times "...Touching....A tender fable and a winning love story....The Farrellys present their parable with absolute conviction..." 11/09/2001 p.E13
Entertainment Weekly "...[Featuring] a notably touching, sensitive performance from sylphlike Paltrow..." 11/16/2001 p.141-2
Box Office "...A touching story with a heartfelt message about inner beauty....It all manages to work..." 01/01/2002 p.60
Sight and Sound "...There isn't a smug frame in SHALLOW HAL, due mostly to Black's persuasive, wide-eyed idealism..." 03/01/2002 p.54
Total Film "...It's cleverly done....Black makes a surprisingly goofy romantic lead and plays some enjoyably tender scenes with Paltrow..." 03/01/2002 p.95
Chicago Sun-Times "...[The Farrelly brothers] manage a surprisingly moving outcome..." 01/20/2002 p.6
Bobby Farrelly
Peter Farrelly
Jack Black
Gwyneth Paltrow
Cast & Crew
Kyle Gass - Star
Jack Black - Star
Laura Kightlinger - Star
Zen Gesner - Star
Jason Alexander - Star
Susan Ward - Star
Joe Viterelli - Star
Sascha Knopf - Star
Gwyneth Paltrow - Star
Bobby Farrelly - Screenwriter
Russell Carpenter - Director of Photography
Sean Moynihan - Screenwriter
Peter Farrelly - Producer
Ivy - Composer
Charles B. Wessler - Producer
Bradley Thomas - Producer
Bobby Farrelly - Producer
Peter Farrelly - Screenwriter
Bobby Farrelly - Director
Peter Farrelly - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 2004005
UPC 00024543040057
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Paltrow,Gwyneth
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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