Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t like her own movie. Shallow Hal was a blast to watch, but probably for all the wrong reasons. It was supposed to expose that one part in some people that is a little bit shallow, and it ended up exposing a little bit more than that.
Gwyneth talks about the times when she put on her fat suit, no one would look her in the eye. Jack Black, hilarious as always, plays the part of the shallow guy who can only see what’s on a person’s surface. So, what was the story about?
Was Shallow Hal seeing what he wanted to see or was he seeing her inner beauty? If he was seeing what he wanted to see, he was just as shallow when Gwyneth was her young, fit, beautiful self. If he was seeing her inner beauty, why does inner beauty have to be portrayed by a young, fit, beautiful person? See the problem there?
Twenty years ago, we watched the movie and got the point. He was shallow and there’s more to a person than her looks. Today though, that mentality is getting twisted into being shallow itself. A remake of Shallow Hal today would be a much deeper, less humorous story about seeing their beautiful mind or their beautiful heart. It wouldn’t be about seeing how their inner beauty matches up with the models on the cover of Cosmopolitan.
That’s why I find these tweets on the Twitter space so entertaining:
A bunch of people angrily defending Shallow Hal is Twitter's whole personality.
— Earnest Pettie (@earnestp) February 29, 2020
Shallow Hal has to be my least favorite movie that I’ve seen like 10 times https://t.co/YjXmTzSAxS
— Andy (@andy_witz) February 28, 2020
Gwyneth Paltrow dubs Shallow Hal as her biggest regret as she takes a big whiff of a candle that is scented like her vagina
— Chad Opitz (@chadopitz) February 29, 2020
Just in case you don’t know, Gwyneth does have a candle that is called “This Smells Like My Vagina.” When I think of what that would smell like, I think of apricot or coconut. At the very least, it would probably smell like a Pumpkin Spice Latte. On some days, it might have a whiff of Summer’s Eve.
Anyway…watch Gwyneth tell Jimmy Kimmel how it was named.