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- michelangelo147...Feb 14, 2009by
Getting Beyond Body-Type Bias & Into the Humane Heart
UMD's are playable on portable play stations & tend to have a better graphic quality, depending upon the special effects in a film. A UMD doesn't play on a DVD player.
Shallow Hal (Jack Black) is a a chunky, goof-ball type of ordinary joe. But, he's got hot pants for picture-perfect types of women who aren't likely to be attracted to him at all. He's over-estimated his own appeal to women. Frustrated with being rejected by the bombshells he flubs up going after, one afternoon, in an elevator, he casually consults Tony Robbins--the motivational speaker who touts how to be successful. Robbins "helps" Hal by hypnotizing him.
What's going to happen to Hal from then on is he will have the ability to see the inner beauty of women; but, he won't be able to see what they really look like physically. Almost immediately afterwards, Hal meets Rosemary (Gwenyth Paltrow), the woman of his dreams. Rosemary is as big bodied as she is big hearted. But, Hal can only see her inner beauty, not the size of her body. Rosemary is attracted to Hal. Very.
But, Mauricio (Jason Alexander), one of Hal's equally shallow pals, hasn't been hypnotized; so he sees the 300 plus pound Rosemary & thinks Hal's lost his mind by falling head-over-heels for her. When Hal looks at Rosemary he sees Gwenyth Paltrow!
For what could have been a slap-stick comedy, both Black & Paltrow prevail with skill as actors to bring out not only the romance in the story, but also, the moral of it. This film is bland enough for older children to enjoy along with parents. It's light-hearted, heavy on calling out body type bias conscience, and ultimately teaches the lesson of not judging a book by its cover~Read full review