Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Shallow Hal |
UMD for PSP
Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
A hypnotized playboy (Jack Black) who can only see "inner beauty" doesn't realize that his gorgeous girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) is actually a 300-pound-not-so-hottie. "Heartwarming and hilarious" (WFLD-TV), it's the BIGGE... more »
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Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
Good message as it is funny as well.
What happens after Gwyneth takes off her fat suit?
Jayne Ravencroft | Matthews, NC | 06/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has a feel-good message, making it enjoyable enough for three stars. It says that we all deserve to be loved even if we're not physically attractive (in what it considers the "conventional" sense). But will it really change anything of what it deems mere "convention"? Will Gwyneth Paltrow go on being an advocate for the inner beauty of obese people and others "conventionally" unattractive? I kind of think not. Her performance here is significant and may display genuine talent. But most likely her future roles will reflect a sense of glamour in slimness as much as ever, meaning nothing was really changed by the movie. Similarly, will Jack Black, after his similarly impressive performance be any more inclined than before to accept an obese woman as a girlfriend? I similarly doubt that. For all its feel-good message, SHALLOW HAL builds us up for a let-down when we realize its lack of realism. Many of us will go on with our inner beauty as underappreciated as ever because of outer appearances, and will still find hard to swallow that suggestion that prevalent standards of beauty run no deeper than convention."
Shallow Hal Shines!
Leigh A. Mills | NH | 11/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Be prepared . . . this IS a controversial film! Why? The film confronts touchy, personal topics such as being overweight and not being beautiful. It also confronts the topics of being supermodel thin and being incredibly beautiful. Most people don't fall into the Gwyneth Paltrow-looking category, so some may feel uncomfortable, especially if insecure about their own appearance. In short, I firmly believe that Shallow Hal is not aimed at poking fun at the unattractive or the obese. Instead, it bravely attempts to showcase certain issues, while giving it a comedic twist to ease any uncomfortable sentiments by viewers. Hal is superficial (and note, he himself isn't considered to be attractive by the script), and he centers his actions and even his life around dating beautiful women. When he is hypnotized, Hal starts to only see the inner beauty of women. Thus, when 350 lbs Rosemary, a geniune, caring, and giving woman, crosses Hal's path, he now sees a beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow. A love interest pursues . . . Overall, the film conveys some wonderful themes and moral messages about inner beauty, the true beauty. Some may be disappointed that this film doesn't include the gross humor of There's Something About Mary, but this film is different. Believe it or not, it's a serious flick with serious issues. Go see it today and make your own opinion. :-)"
The Bigger The Better!
dogeneedtakeship | San Jose, California USA | 07/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being that I am a heavyset person myself, I was able to put that fact aside and appreciate this movie for what it really is. Truthfully, I didn't find this movie funny but I did find a strong message. This movie goes to show that size doesn't have anything to do with the person on the inside. Gwyneth Paltrow's character Rosemary goes to show how underneath all that excess flesh that there is still a person. I think "Shallow Hal" is a movie that helps demolish discrimination against heavyset people. This movie didn't only give examples of heavyset people but of people who were skinny and just not physically attractive to that of one's expectations. Hal is a very shallow character and he is an example of all those people who discriminate against heavyset men and women and people who are not attractive. Like Hal in the movie, people can change and widen their horizons for something more beautiful. "Shallow Hal" is less of a comedy and more of a motivational, moving story about life. I think this is a family friendly movie, something that kids would like as long as the situation is explained to them. Let this movie touch you on several different levels and check it out."