History Film / ShallowHal

21st Feb '17 8:17:09 PM Mdumas43073
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Creator/JackBlack plays Hal Larson, who, [[FreudianExcuse unconsciously traumatized by his father's death at age nine]], is one of the shallowest men in the world. Until one day when, trapped in an elevator with Tony Robbins, he is unknowingly hypnotized so that, every time he meets someone new from that point onward, he will see their "inner beauty" instead of their real appearance.

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A 2001 RomanticComedy film written and directed by the Farrelly Brothers, starring Creator/JackBlack plays and Creator/GwynethPaltrow.

Hal Larson, who, Larson (Black) is a single guy with an unsatisfying dating life, due to the fact that -- having been [[FreudianExcuse unconsciously traumatized by his father's death at age nine]], nine]] -- he is one of the shallowest men in the world. Until one day when, trapped in an elevator with Tony Robbins, he is unknowingly hypnotized so that, every time he meets someone new from that point onward, he will see their "inner beauty" instead of their real appearance.



Most notably, he meets a woman named Rosemary, played by Creator/GwynethPaltrow who, to him, looks like the most beautiful woman in the world because of her great inner beauty. In reality, however, she's extremely fat. It's not the only cognitive dissonance -- far from it -- but it's the one that made the trailers.

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Most notably, he meets a woman named Rosemary, played by Creator/GwynethPaltrow Rosemary (Paltrow) who, to him, looks like the most beautiful woman in the world because of her great inner beauty. In reality, however, she's extremely fat. It's not the only cognitive dissonance -- far from it -- but it's the one that made the trailers.
1st Oct '16 1:01:21 AM amphiboly
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* GoldDigger: This is why Nurse Tanya Peeler, who is actually young and pretty, looks like an old crone to Hal. She's dating his friend, Walt, solely because of his money, and even confesses to Rosemary that the timing of their relationship could not have been better, [[KickTheDog just after she had broken up with her boyfriend]] and just after he had sold his company [[ItsAllAboutMe and had all the time in the world to go shopping with her etc etc]], which is really another way of saying she can now ''mooch'' off of him.

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* GoldDigger: This is why Nurse Tanya Peeler, who is actually young and pretty, looks like an old crone to Hal. She's dating his friend, Walt, solely because of his money, and even confesses to Rosemary that the timing of their relationship could not have been better, [[KickTheDog just after she had broken up with her boyfriend]] and just after he had sold his company [[ItsAllAboutMe and had all the time in the world to go shopping with her etc etc]], which is really another a fancy way of saying she can now ''mooch'' off of him.
1st Oct '16 12:59:46 AM amphiboly
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9th Jul '16 10:17:58 PM amphiboly
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** Even the tagline on the movie front cover comes across as this, as it says, "True love is worth the weight."
7th May '16 1:53:35 AM amphiboly
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* GoldDigger: This is why Nurse Tanya Peeler, who is actually young and pretty, looks like an old crone to Hal. She's dating his friend, Walt, solely because of his money, and even confesses to Rosemary that the timing of their relationship could not have been better, [[KickTheDog just after she had broken up with her boyfriend]] and just after he had sold his company [[ItsAllAboutMe and had all the time in the world to go shopping with her etc etc]], which is really another way of saying she can now MOOCH off of him.

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* GoldDigger: This is why Nurse Tanya Peeler, who is actually young and pretty, looks like an old crone to Hal. She's dating his friend, Walt, solely because of his money, and even confesses to Rosemary that the timing of their relationship could not have been better, [[KickTheDog just after she had broken up with her boyfriend]] and just after he had sold his company [[ItsAllAboutMe and had all the time in the world to go shopping with her etc etc]], which is really another way of saying she can now MOOCH ''mooch'' off of him.
19th Feb '16 12:36:39 PM amphiboly
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* LiteralMetaphor: When Hal describes Ralph as "[[PrettyBoy Pretty Boy]]" to Rosemary while dining at a restaurant, he also alludes to the ''metaphorical'' halo around his head to reiterate how divinely handsome and good he is. But since Rosemary is unaware of Hal's hypnosis, she tells Hal that he's the first one to ever call Ralph that, and furthermore, she thinks the "halo" he's talking about is, in fact, the psoriasis around Ralph's head, and she even tells that to Hal directly.

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* LiteralMetaphor: When Hal describes Ralph as "[[PrettyBoy Pretty Boy]]" to Rosemary while dining at a restaurant, he also alludes to the ''metaphorical'' halo around his head to reiterate how divinely handsome and good he is. But since Rosemary is unaware of Hal's hypnosis, she tells Hal that he's the first one to ever call Ralph that, and furthermore, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint she thinks the "halo" he's talking about is, in fact, the psoriasis around Ralph's head, and she even tells that to Hal directly.directly]].
7th Feb '16 12:29:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: Quite notably scores pretty evenly around the scale. The nastier girls (and Rosemary in Hal's eyes) are very pretty, while some of the characters are just average or flawed average, perhaps flawed pretty, and some of the nice girls are honestly ugly. Rosemary's two guy friends from the Peace Corps are overweight and/or unattractive yet are seen as intimidatingly handsome to a hypnotized Hal and the seemingly healthy-looking kids from the hospital [[spoiler: turn out to be burn victims]].
7th Feb '16 4:58:56 AM Lancelot07
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** This trope is lampshaded in the film however by Hal's coworkers asking him how he can act so shallow when he's "not that good-looking" himself.
20th Jan '16 4:24:36 PM Tommoraptor
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* DirtyOldWoman: Helga, the housemaid.
24th Dec '15 12:04:08 AM MikeW
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** Subverted with Hal himself as people bad-mouth him about obviously trying to suck up to his boss by dating his obese daughter and Hal can't understand why that would cross their minds.
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