Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes

Shallow Hal has mixed messages. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of my favorite romantic comedies. It’s just something about the movie. From the Farrelly Brothers, Shallow Hal is the story of a man named Hal who is so fixated on looks that he can’t see the real beauty within people. Even though Jack Black isn’t a perfect 10. Until he unknowingly gains the ability to see unattractive people as attractive (and sometimes vice versa). This is achieved either with makeup, fat suits, or using a completely different actor. Hal’s main romance is with a woman named Rosemary. A funny, friendly, humanitarian Hal doesn’t realize is overweight. Even when all the signs are right in front of him. Gwyneth Paltrow plays her in and out of a fat suit. Shallow Hal is filled with plenty of misunderstanding based humor. The only problem I have is, like I said, the mixed messages. Now, I don’t have a problem with “fat humor” per se. It doesn’t really bother me. No, I’m talking about the fact that the movie claims all unattractive people are saints and all attractive people are mean. That’s not always true, but it’s a little thing. Shallow Hal is still clever and the message is clear. Plus my mom’s name is Rosemary and her song is in it. Shallow Hal is lovely inside and out.

Shallow Hal

Rosemary and Hal take a boat ride

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