Non-Zero November – Day 28 – I teared up a bit

This evening welcomed a random film. One of the channels was showing Shallow Hal, which is about a man who is… well… shallow, and how he overcomes this flaw. I’ve watched it three times now and this time it actually sunk in what the film was about and the message was.

So Hal meets someone who changes the way he looks at people: instead of seeing them as they physically are, he sees them for their inner beauty. This leads him to completely change from only chatting up traditionally “attractive” women, to flirting with “unnatractive” women who have attractive qualities, as he literally sees them as attractive.

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Through the film you see him transform from a bit of a sexist douche, to a man who realises that you can meet amazing people if you just open your eyes and ears and get to know people. There is an oddly beautiful exchange between Hal and his best friend:

Hal: Let me ask you something. Who is the all-time love of your life?

Mauricio: [ponders] Wonder Woman.

Hal: Okay… let’s say Wonder Woman falls in love with you. And everyone else in the world didn’t find her attractive.

Mauricio: It wouldn’t matter. Because I know they’d be wrong.

Hal: See! That’s what I had with Rosemary! I saw a knockout, I don’t care what anybody else saw!

I turned round to jokingly ask my other half if he thinks that about me and he said “yeah”, and I honestly welled up a bit.

This wasn’t a review of the film exactly, but more of a “this really made me think and feel”, and I wanted to share. I recommend watching this film as it’s funny, but also that there is a really nice meaning behind it all – look past the skin to the person inside.




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