Shallow Hal: Glenn Watson
October 24, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Shallow Hal

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
114 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/09/01
performer
Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Anthony Robbins, Susan Ward
director
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Bobby Farrelly
genre
Comedy

The Farrellys aren’t known for creating deep characters. But even in their dysfunctional universe, where heroes range from dumb to dumber, Jack Black’s Hal is a pretty superficial dude. Actually, says Black, ”Hal’s the shallowest person alive.”

Not much of a looker himself, Hal vows to date only model-caliber beauties. But it’s not really his fault, says Black. ”When Hal was a little kid, his dad’s on his deathbed and gives his son some real weird advice. He says: ‘Just go out with really young perfect 10s, because that’s what life is all about.”’

But when he meets Paltrow’s Rosemary, an obese woman whose inner Gwyneth is obscured by a fat suit, he falls hard. Through his smitten eyes he sees the slim Gwyneth. That’s when best friend Mauricio (whom Alexander calls ”the second shallowest man on the planet”) steps in. ”Hal falls for Gwyneth,” says Alexander. ”But Mauricio sees her as Ton-neth.” If all this heavy humor sounds like it might tick some moviegoers off, Black doesn’t see it. He insists, ”It’s pro?fat people!”

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