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Fool's Gold: One Treasure Map It'd Be Wise Not To Follow

Fool's Gold: One Treasure Map It'd Be Wise Not To Follow

Hey all, Buzz was kind enough to let me go see this movie for her and review it. I always get the good ones, wink.

About 45 minutes into Fool's Gold I found myself trying to think of clever titles for this review — Fool's Gold: That About Says It; Fool's Gold: Very Foolish, No Gold; Fool's Gold: At Least the Scenery Is Beautiful; Fool's Gold: Just Another Excuse for McConaughey to Be Shirtless — clearly not coming up with any winners. But that's about when I realized my biggest problem with the movie is that it bored me. I went in with both low and hopeful expectations; the trailer looked bad, but I enjoyed the Matthew McConaughey/Kate Hudson duo in How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days. Sadly, I was disappointed by Fool's Gold not because it wasn't lofty enough — who wants that from a romantic comedy — but because it wasn't any fun.

The premise of the movie is this, Tess (Hudson) and Finn (McConaughey) are a couple on their way to divorce after a rocky eight years of having a happy bedroom life and unsuccessfully searching for a treasure under the sea. While waiting for the legal split, Tess is working on the very rich Nigel Honeycutt's (Donald Sutherland) boat where Finn finds his way to pitch his latest hairbrained (but ultimately endearing!) plot to find the booty. Of course, there are enemies — in this case two sets, a rich rapper and old-timer rival treasure hunter. To read the rest of my review just

That's really all you need to know, and to be honest even if you zone out for the convoluted history lesson about the fortune they're looking for . . . you know, not that I did . . .you'll still be able to figure it out. There is no reason why this movie is more than a 90-minute funfest, but it's almost two hours long. That's what the issue is with Fool's Gold: All the excess plot and unnecessary characters take away from the lighthearted romp that this movie belongs to be.

While it's marketed as a romantic comedy, it's really more an action flick. It's a bit violent, though mostly in a slapstick way (example, at one point there is a geyser of bloody water). Kate and Matt have only a few scenes together, so there's really no opportunity to get lost in their adorable and famous chemistry. Don't get me wrong, both Kate and Matt are good looking and bronzed into oblivion, but there's just nothing there, and no opportunity to even just enjoy the beautiful people. That being said, if you're looking to watch Matteo run around without his shirt on and the photos on Pop aren't enough, this may be the movie you're looking for.

There were still some redeeming moments, though few and far between. Alexis Dziena plays Gemmy Honeycutt, the idiotic daughter, pretty well. Kate Hudson's charm is hard to ignore. There's no way it won't make you want to run away to the beach ASAP. All of that will remain, however, when you catch this movie OnDemand in a few months, or later when it makes its TV debut. Until then, let's just hope Kate and Matt find another script to agree on so we can bask in the duo again. Sadly, this movie just isn't any precious gem.

To see the trailer and more clips from Fool's Gold check out movies.ivillage.com.

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.


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RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 7 years
I liked this way more than I thought I would based on the corny trailer.
klandrach klandrach 7 years
I saw it and liked it. Ok it isn't exactly a high caliber oscar quality movie like atonement but it was fun. Sort of silly but still cute and sometimes it is nice to just go and watch a fun movie that isn't serious.
sparkle-sugar sparkle-sugar 7 years
i was going to watch this earlier in the week but decided against due to the bad reviews. we ended up watching Sydney White which was also kind of a yawn. You guys are right.. theres no good movies right now..
indielove indielove 7 years
I can't stand Matthew, he disgusts me. *puke*
GoneZaggyGirl GoneZaggyGirl 7 years
I'm surprised at the reviews. I consider myself a pretty harsh critic when it comes to romantic comedies and didn't plan on seeing this because of the reviews but ended up LOVING the movie. I strongly recommend it-I would even go see it again. I was laughing the whole time.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 8 years
that's sad because I really LOVE thier chemestry together. but there's not much chemestry if they're not on screen together.. oh well! I guess I'll catch it when it comes out on HBO.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great review, Molly. I'm passing on this one.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I'm glad I have no desire to see this.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I have no interest in this but my boyfriend wants to see it...go figure.
nancita nancita 8 years
I saw the trailers for this movie and thought, "Now there's a movie I'd watch on cable if I was bored while cleaning the house." The review makes me even more confident that it can serve that purpose.
miss-britt miss-britt 8 years
this looked so bad from the trailer. Just isn't going to be as great as how to lose a guy in 10 days. But there really isn't great movies out right now in the theater so i assume it will do well.
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
i think this ridiculous movie will do pretty well
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Oh, I was going to go see it tonight with my sisters. Oh well, we will at least get to see MM shirtless.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
oy - and i had such high hopes - i'll probably go see it this weekend anyway - and cross my fingers that it's not so bad
d9rlcb d9rlcb 8 years
that's to bad I thought it looked a little funny
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
I was embarrassed watching the trailer...I will not see this movie!
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