by Gary Johnson
The Farrelly brothers have made a career of dishing out a no-holds-barred brand of comedy that readily targets sacred cows and taboos. Their new movie is no different in this respect. Shallow Hal gets many of its laughs by simply watching an overweight woman and the man who finds her attractive. As they paddle a canoe across a lake, her end of the canoe sinks so far down that it nearly takes on water, while Hal's end of the canoe juts three feet up in the air. Or when she jumps into a swimming pool, a huge splash throws a boy out of the water and into a tree!
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