Shallow Hal (2001)
November 28, 2022 1:53 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] A shallow man (Jack Black) falls in love with a 300-pound woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) because of her inner beauty.

Also starring Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, Rene Kirby, Bruce McGill, Tony Robbins Laura Kightlinger, Darius Rucker, Ron Darling, Molly Shannon.

Directed and co-written by Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly.

50% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Starz. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.

Today, I'm going to post six movies that are problematic and/or made by/starring problematic people, but also either: have merit/are acclaimed; won some awards; are very popular; have a certain amount of cultural cachet. I'll be tagging these #problematicmovies.

This film is notoriously fatphobic. To its core.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The best thing you can say about this movie is that Gwyneth Paltrow regrets doing it. Judging from everything she's done since, it takes quite a feat to make Paltrow feel shame.
posted by Ben Trismegistus at 7:33 AM on November 29, 2022 [5 favorites]

If you do watch this, I recommend Contagion as a follow-up which begins right away, I think even before the title card, with Gwyneth Paltrow dying a horrible, horrible fucking death.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:01 AM on November 29, 2022 [8 favorites]

Haven't seen this. Won't.
posted by humbug at 9:37 AM on November 29, 2022

It was semi-recently (or was it last year?) discussed in a bonus episode of Maintenance Phase.

It was very interesting to hear the movie critiqued in detail without having to watch it - they include one snippet that is kinda unbelievable in its cringeworthiness.
posted by M. at 2:03 PM on November 30, 2022

Did a single Farrelly Brothers movie age well? Even one?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:57 PM on November 30, 2022

This goddamn movie. I cannot tell you how much I hated it, and how much the hatred of it has stuck with me. I wish I could clear out the space in my brain it takes up for better, more worthwhile things, but I remember WAY more of this movie than I should. Ugh.
posted by unicorn chaser at 3:17 AM on December 1, 2022

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