Lisa Schwarzbaum
December 07, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

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

We gave it a B-

Everyone else sees her obese outer self. But Hal (Jack Black), having been hypnotized by a self-help swami, sees the inner beauty of Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), a soul so golden she looks like…Gwyneth Paltrow. Are Peter and Bobby Farrelly, those purveyors of gross-out punchlines that put the gag reflex in sight gags, turning into gross-out softies? Their comedy, Shallow Hal, is a sermon about acceptance, wrapped in a fat suit.

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