Shallow Hal
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Jack Black continues his march to stardom with this typical Farrelly brothers blend of broad comedy and a heartfelt message. Black is Hal Larsen, a shallow man rapidly approaching middle age whose superficiality can be attributed to his father's deathbed admonition to only date young, beautiful women. Hal and his best friend, Mauricio (Jason Alexander), have taken the advice to heart, but Hal finds all of his physically impressive girlfriends consistently lacking in other qualities that would make them ideal mates. When he bumps into self-help guru Tony Robbins (playing himself), the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"We've seen so many crummy comedies that try to be There's Something About Mary or something like this. And the Farrelly brothers come to the rescue and show us how it's done."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Makes the case for restricting the Farrellys to mere gross-out movies."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly Bros."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"There's just about enough charm and laughs here to keep Farrelly fans happy. Even the fat ones."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Shallow Hal is the most endearing portrait of outcasts since last year's Ghost World."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"The film itself is little more than a series of fat jokes."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An ill-conceived, slovenly executed and disingenuous comedy."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The Farrellys take an artistic step backward with this soft, disappointingly sentimental comedy about the true nature of beauty; they seem to have forgotten their roots in the outrageous and gross-out."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"In delivering their message, the Farrelly Brothers seem to have compromised their nothing-is-sacred comedy spirit, but at least their hearts are in the right place."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"No comedy classic, but the Farrelly Brothers are on the right track here by bringing heart into their filmmaking. 'Shallow Hal's' deep message surprised me."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Not only light on laughs but discomfitingly didactic in its disgust."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The movie's valuable message that we must look beyond physical appearances to find the heart within ... is drowned out by the din of loathsome idiots mocking physical appearances."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"[An] insulting new comedy from Bobby and Peter Farrelly."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"When the final act descends into preachiness, it's nearly earned the indulgence."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"although the ad campaign makes it appear the movie is an outrageous attack on the obese, in truth "Hal" saves its sharpest jabs for the small-minded and mean-spirited."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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