Life Lessons from Movies

Shallow Hal

In Comedy, Movies on April 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Shallow Hal (2001) is a comedy co-written and co-directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly about Hal (Jack Black), a man who views women in the most superficial way possible, judging them only on their looks, until an encounter with Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker, helps him to appreciate inner beauty and fall in love with Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow).

Life Lesson:

If you look beyond physical appearance, you will discover more beautiful people.

Movie Scene:

Tony Robbins: “Inner beauty is the easiest thing in the world to see when you are looking for it. The brain sees what the heart wants it to feel. Everything you know about beauty is programmed: television, magazines, movies — they’re all telling you what’s beautiful and what isn’t.”

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  1. “The brain sees what the heart wants it to feel” means that you will perceive inner beauty when you have affection for someone. In other words, when you love someone, they become beautiful to you. One example might be the way a child can do no wrong in the eyes of its mother, or how a mother can love a child that others do not.

    The other idea here is that what you think of as beautiful may really be a type of programming you have received from mass media, which promotes and repeats only a narrow set of face and body images. One way to get de-programmed is to disengage from mass media and its marketing. Another is to travel the world, and meet people who do not look like the people you see in commercials, movies, or television. And a third way is to try to get to know someone for who they are as individuals and judge them based on that, instead of deciding that they are not attractive because they don’t look like the people in advertisements and not giving them a chance.

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