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Shallow Hal

Powerfully suggesting that we need to view those around us for who they really are as opposed to their outward appearance, Shallow Hal provides a refreshing perspective on body image. Unfortunately, it also serves up a full course of crudities, profanities, and other sexual banter. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 08 Nov 2001
Video Release: 01 Jul 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

By the end of the movie, you realize there are many people Hal views in a manner different than their actual appearance. Why did he not see Rosemary’s dad in a distorted way? What about his neighbor across the hall?

Could this movie have been just as effective if we would have seen Rosemary from Mauricio’s perspective? Why or why not? What type of anticipation do the creators achieve by not revealing her true outward appearance until the end? How did you react to the “real” Rosemary?

Has there ever been a time when you have misjudged someone based on appearance? What efforts can we make to correct our inherent desire to do this?

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