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Selling a movie with the sex appeal of Matthew McConaughey and body of Kate Hudson

Feb 25, 2008 (Updated Feb 25, 2008)
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Pros:chemistry of McConaghey and Hudson, some parts are funny

Cons:seems to lack intelligence, many holes in story, moronic bad-guys, unimpressed with depth

The Bottom Line: If you really love the two leads you may be able to stomach this half-hazard romantic comedy, otherwise just stay about from Fool's Gold.


Well you have everything here to interest the die-hard fans of Matthew McConaughey, including nude scenes of him that don't quite reveal everything, but just enough to put the young girls of the audience in a tizzy. Combine that with Kate Hudson and Alexis Dziena is barely-three swim suits and continuous scenes intended to keep the interest of the male audience, and you have the making of Fool's Gold. In addition to the human eye candy, they take full advantage of the waters in The Bahamas, showing off the crystal clear and beautiful blue waters and surrounding islands. So, suffice it to say, the creators of this movie have given everyone something nice to look at, no matter what might interest you about the movie. Oh yeah, and buried in that is indeed a story they claimed to be a theatrical release.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson play Benjamin and Tess Finnegan, a married couple that has been struggling for a while after the relationship didn't evolve past an elongated spring break vacation for the two of them. Together the duo had been researching a famous shipwreck they feel to be in The Bahamas, and have found themselves spending years of time researching and figuring out the back-story to the wreck. Their relationship had developed during that time, and they found so much in common that they ended up getting married. But due to Benjamin's addiction to treasure-finding, and his lack of attention to the marriage itself, they started drifting apart. When debt got to high, and it seemed the marriage had stagnated, Tess took the road out, and that is where we find the story.

During an underwater search with one of his friends, Benjamin comes across what he believes to be a plate from the infamous ship wreck. Unfortunately in the process they accidentally loss their mode of travel, and are left high and dry without a way to actually search out the treasure. All of this takes place on the day he is supposed to be showing up for divorce hearings, and thus everything starts happening quite quickly for him and Kate Hudson's character. He of course wants to convince her to make the trek back under the ocean to search for treasure, but she wants to move on with her life. Will they be able to set aside their differences long enough to do it? Will Benjamin be able to stay one step ahead of the people tracking him down for money that he is owed? Will the audience stay interested for the duration of the story? All will be answered in the film.

It is very obvious early on that the real reason to see this film is the chemistry between McConaghey and Hudson. They work very well on screen together, and when they are going back and forth with dialogue they are very good. The problem comes with the story, a plot that stays together only with the slimmest of threads, and a set of bad-guys that serve to dumb down the story more than present drama for the main characters. Think of National Treasure type researching, combined with some horrible and flat out incompetent villains that drag down the story, and mix in some supporting characters that slow down and take away from the story and you have Fool's Gold. If you are looking for something that may be cute, but at the same time saps your energy, this may be an interesting story. It is fun sure, but a good movie this is not, and the faults far outweigh the good parts of this film. Even saying that, if you really want to see a romantic comedy with these two actors, you may be able to see past the problems.















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