Shallow Hal (2001)



Critic Consensus: While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Moynihan
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On DVD: Jul 2, 2002
Box Office: $70.7M
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Critic Reviews for Shallow Hal

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (31)

With the relatively untested Black coming on awfully strong, the lack of directorial finesse lets the enterprise down, creating some clunky scenes and dead air where laughs might have been expected.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

The film is not as funny as their best, but fascinates in the discomforting way it foregrounds the brothers' normally buried, facile moral dialectic.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Romantic comedy is pretty tame for Farrelly Bros.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | January 13, 2007

[An] insulting new comedy from Bobby and Peter Farrelly.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

There's just about enough charm and laughs here to keep Farrelly fans happy. Even the fat ones.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003

Audience Reviews for Shallow Hal


This is one of those movies that I always watch if I happen to flip to it half an hour in on TBS or FX. Yes, there are plenty of fat jokes, but Gwyneth is the most down-to-earth I've ever seen her, and Jack Black gets some great dawning moments as well, like with Cadence in the burn ward.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A message comedy? Perhaps. The Farrelly Brothers seem to be answering their critics who often see them as sophomoric (if that) with this bon bon (forgive me) that reminds that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The comedy: one fat joke after another. The message: like most messages, boring as hell (who do you think you are, tryin' ta larn me!). The final analysis: viewers choice.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Quite a generic Hollywood chic flick.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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