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Shallow Hal Review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 10

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What they've done here goes beyond gross -- or clumsy, or dumb -- to genuine ugliness, both cutaneous and sub.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The movie is shrewd by giving the bulk of its piggish dialogue to Alexander, an actor incapable of projecting genuine cruelty on screen.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    So intent on driving home its worthy if not mind-blowing message that it becomes surprisingly conventional.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Something is happening to our boys: They're getting mushy. Shallow Hal is not so much about how gross people are as how beautiful they are once you get beyond the rude, noisy flesh. It's a sermon wrapped in a fat suit.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Paltrow is truly touching. And Black, in his first big-time starring role, struts through with the blissful confidence of a man who knows he was born for stardom.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly bros.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language for a PG-13, especially the sexual references. Characters drink, and several scenes are set at a bar/nightclub. The overall theme of the movie is the importance of judging people based on their behavior, not their looks. Robbins explains that Black is not hypnotized now -- he was hypnotized before, when he thought that all of the TV and movie images of beauty were what mattered. Some viewers may feel that the movie itself makes fun of people who do not fit current standards of beauty. A disabled character is treated with complete naturalness -- he is by no means perfect (because he gets around on all fourts, he tells girls he recognizes them by their panties), but he's good-hearted and respected.

  • Families can talk about what we look at and what we look for when we meet people. If we saw the way Hal does, who would be the most beautiful person you know? How would you look? Would you like to see people the way Hal does?

What to watch for
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    Sex: Sexual references and situations.

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    Language: Strong language for a PG-13, including one use of "f--k," plus several "s--t"s, "d--k," "t-ts," "hell," "ass," "crap," "damn," "oh my God," and other crude/slang terms.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking