Thursday, May 20, 2010

Shallow Hal

You've got to love it when a movie comes out and everyone jumps on it, claiming it's offensive and immoral.
Have you actually watched this movie? It's actually a very well put-together film!
(It's funny too)

Here's the movie poster, and here's the trailer.

If you've just watched the trailer I don't really need to go into the plot, do I?

Here we have Hal (Jack Black)

Dating Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow).
He can only see the inner beauty. Everyone else just sees a fat girl.

Especially Hal's friend Mauricio (Jason Alexander).

Now I can see why people get upset by this movie. Judging from the trailer itself the comedy can and does lend towards fat jokes. However after watching the film you'll see there's a whole lot more going on here.

Do you really think such a nice guy like Tony Robbins (playing himself in the movie) would be a part of something so crass?
I didn't think so.
The Farrelly Brothers (Dumb And Dumber, There's Something About Mary) wrote and directed this, and it's a real credit to them for showing not just the humour a movie like this can lean towards.

The film is actually a very interesting play on people's opinions and misconceptions of beauty.

But if you're just in the mood for some silly fun, and a few crass jokes, this works too.
Shallow Hal

It also has a pretty kickin' soundtrack
Shallow Hal

All up I give it 8 out of 10. I've watched this film numerous times and each time I find more and more to like about it.
Especially Gwyneth Paltrow. She really nails it with comedic timing.

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Until next time.

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