12 certificateShallow Hal is a Film programme that first aired in 2001 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Shallow Hal is a 3 star programme

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Shallow Hal (2001)

Directed by
Bobby Farrelly
Peter Farrelly

Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this Farrelly brothers' romcom about perception and people's worth.

Hal Larson has taken to heart his father's death-bed advice: don't fall in love and only date beautiful women. Hal has taken this to mean purely Hollywood-pretty and slender.

But an encounter with motivational speaker Tony Robbins changes all that. Robbins hypnotises Hal so that he can only see everyone's inner beauty. Then Hal meets Rosemary Shanahan: in his eyes, she's willowy and flaxen-haired; the rest of the world sees the sweet-natured 21-stone nurse and former Peace Corps worker as she really is.

As, to Rosemary's surprise, the pair fall in love, the Farrellys use varying point-of-view shots to make merry with the disparity between Hal's idealised sylph and the real Rosemary. But what if Robbins' mesmerism wears off.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2001

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Germany

Filmed in Colour


Image for Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow...Rosemary Shanahan
Image for Jack BlackJack Black...Hal Larson
Jason Alexander...Mauricio Wilson
Joe Viterelli...Steve Shanahan
Rene Kirby...Walt
Bruce McGill...Reverend Larson
Anthony Robbins...Tony Robbins
Image for Susan WardSusan Ward...Jill
Zen Gesner...Ralph Owens
Brooke Burns...Pretty/Ugly Katrina
Rob Moran...Tiffany Manly Hostess
Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani...Fat Li'iBoy
Image for Kyle GassKyle Gass...Artie
Laura Kightlinger...Jen
Nan Martin...Nurse Tanya Peeler