Shallow Hal (2001) - Synopsis
Throughout history, few concepts have been pondered as much as the nature of beauty. Philosophers, poets, scientists, and theologians have contemplated and been inspired by its many forms and mysteries. Some find it in the wonders of nature, others in a simple, enigmatic smile. There are even those who have traveled to the ends of the Earth and beyond in search of beauty.
Then there's Hal Larsen (Jack black), the ultimate shallow guy. Hal finds beauty only in supermodels and centerfolds. The first thing he looks for in a woman is, well, looks. Hal won't even consider dating someone with a less-than-perfect body, smile and sense of style.
But after an impromptu hypnosis by self-help guru Tony Robbins, Hal's view of women makes a 180-degree turn; he now sees their true inner beauty. Enter Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), an overweight Peace Corps volunteer. Hal, envisioning Rosemary's kindness and humor as female physical nirvana, is instantly smitten and an idyllic romance begins. When the spell is broken, Hal must now face an unrecognizable Rosemary and learn one of life's most important lessons.
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Conundrum Entertainment Production, a Farrelly Brothers Movie, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black in SHALLOW HAL The film also stars Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli and Susan Ward. It is produced by Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler, Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly; and written by Sean Moynihan & Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly. SHALLOW HAL is directed by Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly.