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Shallow Hal (2001)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40686219
UPC: 024543040057
UPC 14: 00024543040057
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Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/14/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2004005
Video UPC UPC: 00024543040057
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kyle Gass
Video Cast Info Jack Black
Video Cast Info Laura Kightlinger
Video Cast Info Zen Gesner
Video Cast Info Jason Alexander
Video Cast Info Susan Ward
Video Cast Info Joe Viterelli
Video Cast Info Sascha Knopf
Video Cast Info Gwyneth Paltrow
Video Cast Info Bobby Farrelly - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Russell Carpenter - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Sean Moynihan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Peter Farrelly - Producer
Video Cast Info Ivy - Composer
Video Cast Info Charles B. Wessler - Producer
Video Cast Info Bradley Thomas - Producer
Video Cast Info Bobby Farrelly - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Farrelly - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Bobby Farrelly - Director
Video Cast Info Peter Farrelly - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Paltrow,Gwyneth
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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