Shallow Hal
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Continuity mistake: When Hal's co-workers bring him a cake for his promotion, Rosemary takes a slice out for herself. They change shots a couple times, and the size of the piece missing from the cake changes several times, and the layers of the cake change as well.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal and his best friend are having a chat at the bar, Hal's best friend's beer refills after every scene when he takes a drink of it. (00:06:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal is confronting the two guys that made fun of Rosie he points to Rosie outside the restaurant and her shoes change from brown and black clogs (which is what she was wearing throughout the scene) to a plain black slide. Watch, it is totally obvious because they show her shoes several times before they suddenly change.

Continuity mistake: At the DoubleDoor Inn, where Rosie is seen dancing with the guy with spina bifida, we see the other guests applaud and approach them once they have finished dancing. And if you look closely you will see that Hal joins the crowd at the right hand side of your screen. But as it cuts to the next shot where Rosie is walking away from the crowd, we see Hal catch up with her from the opposite side where he was standing with the crowd.

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Continuity mistake: After Rosemary cuts the cake, she lays the knife down and in the next few shots the knife changes position from laying down to sitting up back to laying down again.

Continuity mistake: This mistake happens when Rosemary and Hal make up for the first time. Rosemary is standing in the doorway and she is holding a tray containing two coffees. As the shots goes from Hal to Rosemary, you can clearly see the coffees switch sides on the tray. (00:44:30)

Continuity mistake: In the first club scene, Jason Alexander is dancing with a swaying woman, behind them is a woman wearing a headband and sleeveless pink top; as the camera pans around the corner to Hal's new dance partner who is holding on to the railings, the same girl with a headband is dancing next to them, only this time with a different guy.

Continuity mistake: After two men insult Rosemary, Hal goes back into the restaurant. In one shot the restaurant door is nearly closed behind him, shot change and the door is much wider open. (00:30:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Hal is visiting Rosemary's parents for the first time, right before they start to eat, it is dark outside with crickets chirping everywhere. But when they start eating, you can easily see sunlight through the windows and all over the dining room.

Continuity mistake: When Hal is talking to his best friend in the gym when his best friend talks about "cankles," the machine weights in the back change numbers from frame to frame.

Continuity mistake: After Hal asks Katrina on a date, and he thinks she's messing him about, Katrina takes a pen from her bag. In one shot she holds the pen so the nib is upright with no lid on, yet in the next shot she is holding it the other way round, and the lid is on. (00:19:45)

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Continuity mistake: When Rosemary breaks the bench in the 4-star restaurant, her dress goes up, and she's wearing either a dark blue or black g-string; but in the next scene, when she's getting up, her g-string is red.

Continuity mistake: When Jack and Dave are talking about the promotion, in a shot behind Dave, Dave has his hand raised, but in a front shot his hand is down on the table. (00:09:55)

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Continuity mistake: After the elevator stops, Tony puts his right hand on the top of Hal's arm but when the shot changes it is on Hal's shoulder. (00:12:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal puts the petroleum jelly on his face, the amount and location of it changes frequently from shot to shot.

Continuity mistake: When you first see Rosemary's friend Lee Boy as his true self he has a noticeable mark on the left side of his face. Towards the end of the film it looks as though the film has been reversed because the mark is now on the right side.

Continuity mistake: When Hal has "contagious conjunctivitis", Rosemary touches his cheek with a majorly fat hand, but at the end when they're hugging at Rosemary's go-away party, her hands are shrunken and skinny.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal goes to congratulate Ralph on getting back together with Rosemary, the amount of dandruff on Ralph's black shirt keeps changing between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Rosemary and Hal are talking in the fast food diner Rosemary's chair breaks and she is looking at Hal on her side, but when the camera changes view she is laying on her stomach. (00:30:05)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Hal and his best friend are having a chat at the bar, Hal's best friend's beer refills after every scene when he takes a drink of it. (00:06:50)

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Jill: Hal... I'm not attracted to you.
Hal: So what? What, you think that everyone who goes out are always attracted to each other? Get real.

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Trivia: One of Hal's two co-worker confidants (the middle aged bald man) is his "Tenacious D" band mate KG.

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Question: After the Tony Robbin's episode, Hal is supposed to see the true inner self of women reflected in their appearance. So what's with the chick across the hall? Her appearance doesn't change even though she is portrayed to be somewhat less than kind and shallow in her own right. Am I missing something?

Answer: Tony Robbins tells Hal that whenever he meets someone in the FUTURE he'll only see what's inside them. He already knows what the woman across the hall looks like so her appearance doesn't change, same goes for everybody else he's already seen before.

dan coakley..

Also remember she thinks he is shallow, does not mean she is a bad person herself...she went out with him once already.

This is the same reason why Rosemary's father looks the same either way as well. Hal said he's already seen him around the office (before being hypnotized).

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