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    Unique ID Code: 0000036740
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    Added on: 14/7/2002 12:06
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    Shallow Hal (US)

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    True Love Is Worth The Weight!
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 113 mins
    Retail Price: $27.98
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    Directed by the guys who brought you There`s Something About Mary and Me, Myself & Irene, this heavyweight hit comedy is "heartwarming and hilarious - an unbeatable combination!" (WFLD-TV)

    Jack Black is Shallow Hal, a superficial skirt chaser who, after a mind altering experience with a self-help guru, doesn`t realize that his gorgeous girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) is actually a 300-pound not-so-hottie. Meanwhile, Hal`s playboy pal Mauricio (Jason Alexander) is determined to break the spell before someone gets… squashed! Packed with loads of laughs and non stop fun, it`s the biggest love story ever told!

    Special Features:
    Full-Length Audio Commentary by Directors Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
    11 Deleted Scenes with Optional Farrelly Brothers Commentary
    HBO "Making Of" Special
    Comedy Central`s Reel Comedy: Shallow Hal
    Music Video: "Wall In Your Heart" by Shelby Lynne
    "Seeing Through the Layers" Makeup Featurette
    "In At The Deep End With Shallow Hal" Stunts Featurette
    Original Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Peter Farrelly
    Bobby Farrelly

    Written By:

    Anthony Robbins
    Bruce McGill
    Rene Kirby
    Joe Viterelli
    Jason Alexander
    Jack Black
    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Casting By:
    Rick Montgomery

    Soundtrack By:
    Sheryl Crow

    Director of Photography:
    Russell Carpenter

    Christopher Greenbury
    Steve R. Moore

    Costume Designer:
    Pamela Withers

    Production Designer:
    Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr.

    Charles B. Wessler
    Kris Meyer
    Marc S. Fischer
    Bobby Farrelly
    Bradley Thomas
    Sarah Lopez
    Peter Farrelly
    Mark Charpentier

    Twentieth Century Fox

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A really nice surprise!
    I was expecting one of those stupid comedies when I rented this movie, but boy, was I wrong. This is actually a very sensitive drama (with some really nice gags, though) and with very good performances by Black and Paltrow.
    The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs and the picture is clear of any defects.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is good as well. The surrounds are used occasionally for some sound effects, but are mainly used for ambiance.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include a commentary by the 2 directors, 2 behind the scenes featurettes, 10 deleted scenes and a music video.
    Bottom line - a nice movie with an important "love is only skin deep" message.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 14/7/2002 16:09
    5 / 10
    I didn`t rent "Shallow Hal" expecting fine cinema, and I wasn`t disappointed. Jack Black stars as Hal who is, well, shallow. He only dates girls that have perfect bodies, although he does lament that the perfect girls are not really that intelligent or interesting. Jason Alexander plays his friend Mauricio, who sports painted-on hair and a worse case of the shallows than our pal Hal.

    Enter Tony Robbins. Yes, *the* Tony Robbins. As a favor, he hypnotizes Hal into thinking that all of the girls that are beautiful inside are beautiful outside, and vice-versa. It`s at that point that the movie ceases to take the high ground. OK, it happens way before this, but this is definitely the defining moment.

    With his eyes newly-opened to the proverbial light, Hal runs around with every inwardly beautiful girl he can find, convinced that they are outwardly beautiful as well. The message is very clear here that "overweight" = "ugly", and if a wonderful woman matched her inside and outside, the nice girls sure as heck wouldn`t weigh more than 100 pounds soaking wet.
    Hal meets Rosemary, played in and out of a fat suit by Gwyneth Paltrow. He wines and dines her, getting to love her as a person. After this, we all know what`s coming, but we still won`t believe it could ever happen in real life. I`ll leave you to write the ending.

    The fat jokes are plentiful, and we see several instances of furniture breaking under poor Rosemary. If this is to your liking, then you`re probably a good deal like Hal.
    posted by Barbara Hunt on 4/2/2003 22:27