Shallow Hal is a 2001 American fantasy romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black about a shallow man who falls in love with a 300-pound woman because of her inner beauty. Directed by the Farrelly brothers, it was filmed in and around Charlotte as well as Sterling and Princeton, Massachusetts at Wachusett Mountain. The supporting cast features Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, and Susan Ward. Shallow Hal was released in theaters on November 9, 2001 by Twentieth Century Fox, and grossed $141 million against a $40 million budget.


Hal Larson (Jack Black) is a superficial man with a heart of gold whose fixation on the physical beauty of women gets in the way of seeing their inner beauty. Hal and his equally shallow friend, Mauricio (Jason Alexander), spend their nights obnoxiously hitting on beautiful, sexy women at nightclubs and mostly they end up getting rejected. Hal's work life is steady, but he is dismayed after being passed over for a long-sought promotion. His love life is non-existent, as seen when he tries to ask Jill (Susan Ward), his attractive neighbor, out for a date. Jill is not interested as she finds Hal too shallow and she is not attracted to him.