YMMV / Shallow Hal

  • Broken Aesop: As far as morals go, the inner-beauty one is an oldie, but a goodie. Unfortunately, it loses a lot of its impact with the number of jokes that grossly exaggerate Rosemary's weight problem (including two smashed furniture gags), turning the message into "True Beauty Is on the Inside, but people will damn sure notice and ridicule you for what's on the outside." More generously, you could turn that last bit into '-but what's on the outside still matters at least somewhat', but that's still quite at odds with the rest of the narrative.
  • Evil Is Sexy: At least when the hypnotism is off.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Averted as Rosemary is really obese, not slightly bigger than the average Hollywood actress.
  • Special Effects Failure: Towards the end where Rosemary is carrying Hal, you can see that parts of his shirt are fastened to strings.
    • When Hal and Rosemary reconcile at the party at the end and hug each other, pay attention to Rosemary's arms and you can clearly see where the fat suit ends as her hands are perfectly slim.
  • Tear Jerker: During the hypnosis, Hal saw Cadence as a perfectly healthy and beautiful little girl. After it's turned off, he sees her again... with burns all over her face. He looks up, and what does Hal see? "Pediatric Burn Unit."
    • The way Rosemary talks about how she knows she's not pretty and how no man has ever loved her like Hal does will definitely hit home if you are or know a woman who has ever had body image issues.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mauricio, Hal's shallow, snarky best friend who is responsible for Hal's hypnosis spell ending just because he wanted him to be superficial again. Even after we learn his Freudian Excuse that he was born with a tail that, since it has an artery wrapped around it, can't be surgically removed, it doesn't garner him much sympathy, mainly due to him spending most of the movie badmouthing Rosemary and how absolutely gross his condition is.
  • Values Dissonance: For chubby chasers and people who aren't put off by transsexuals, Hal's judgement of both as ugly is sure to be this.
  • The Woobie: Rosemary. Also Cadence, along with all the other burn victims.

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