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Kate Hudson
Matthew McConaughey
Donald Sutherland.
Andy Tennant.
John Claflin
Daniel Zelman.
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Fool's Gold
Like the title suggests - sparkly but completely worthless

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Treasure hunter Ben ‘Finn’ Finnegan (McConaughey) unearths a map which, he believes, will lead him to a shipwreck loaded with loot. His soon-to-be ex-wife Tess (Hudson) thinks he’s an idiot. Cue McConaughey’s naked torso and much boring larking about.

Fool's Gold

First of all, don’t let this witless excuse for a romantic action romp’s $20 million US opening deceive you. The inexplicable ker-chinging of box-office tills must have been sweet, sweet music to the ears of everyone involved. Fool’s gold indeed.

Hoping to catch the coattails of the National Treasure franchise (dream big, guys!), this insipid wad of sun-soaked fluff stars Matthew McConaughey in default mode as laidback beach-bum-slash-treasure-hunter Ben ‘Finn’ Finnegan, whose boat is called Booty Calls (see what they did there?). He believes he has discovered a map leading to the whereabouts of the mythical Queen’s Dowry - an enormous haul of loot lost at sea in 1715. Kate Hudson, squandering yet more of her dwindling audience goodwill, is his estranged wife Tess who, you know, can’t help loving the big lug in spite of herself.

Aiding their utterly implausible quest is Donald Sutherland, painfully miscast as an English tycoon who lives aboard his yacht with his bubble-headed daughter (Alexis Dziena). An indication of the quality of what we’ve got here is how artfully Sutherland’s character is conveyed: since he can’t come up with a convincing accent, he’s kitted out with a ‘terribly British’ silk ascot instead.

Embroiled in a plot that would barely pass muster as an episode of Relic Hunter, the leads mug and grin their gym-toned butts off without generating an ounce of chemistry. Chief among the questions that leap to mind is how McConaughey and Hudson, who both showed glowing promise in their breakout roles, managed to sink to such perilous depths of inanity. Even their last fluffy pairing, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, looks like There Will Be Blood next to this. Hudson at least displays the occasional spark of personality but, these days, McConaughey’s talent seems to be confined to keeping his shirt off for the maximum amount of time.

Absolute tosh. A ridiculous, unerringly tedious plot is weighed down by listless performances from a cast who clearly wished they were somewhere else, despite the sumptuous locations.

Reviewed by Simon Braund

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In all Fairness to Simon Braund this is "Tosh", the script is ludicrously over the top and very corny and the acting is terrible, Hudson aside, yet if you were getting paid to go to a tropical location to film a movie with Kate Hudson where you frequently make out with her, only an idiot would say no. Fools Gold charts the adventures of Finn "Finnigan" who along with his reluctant wife, Tess (hudson) sets out to find treasure along with a bunch of soppy shit-for-brains co-ch... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 18:20, 06 July 2011 | Report This Post

Way off, Empire!

Not sure what Simon Braund was expecting (perhaps the next Citizen Kane?!), but one star?! I wasn't expecting much, actually, after Empire's one star, but after one of the more original opening acts in movies recently, I was hooked! Great, fun summer flick: gorgeous locations and actors, action and comedy a la Romancing the Stone or Overboard. A welcome addition to my blu-ray collection, this looks absolutely breathtaking on hi-def! ... More

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Posted by Ti at 01:30, 12 July 2009 | Report This Post

Avoid Fool's Gold

Good location shooting, but bad film and bad plot. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 15:08, 29 November 2008 | Report This Post

Avoid Fool's Gold

Good location shooting, but bad film and bad plot. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 15:08, 29 November 2008 | Report This Post

Seen Worse

if Billed as a comedy this ticks a few of the right boxes. I like the cast. theres a good few laughs but as previously stated the cast are capable of so much better. Story some what lacking and pointless in places but as a no brainer for under 2 hours its fair enough entertainment. the other half thoroughly enjoyed it. ... More

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Posted by livewire at 14:50, 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

It's alright

I've seen a lot worse than this movie, I laughed quite a few times. Enjoyable leave your brain outside tosh, you need a movie like this once in while. ... More

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Posted by D-ToX at 10:47, 02 July 2008 | Report This Post


Well, I guess Empire were right giving this one-star. Billed as an action-comedy I didn't think this film had much of either.  ... More

Posted by connexions at 08:53, 29 April 2008 | Report This Post

This is set up as an treasure hunt action adventure film, however it's very low on action or adventure. The story that is told of the treasure being hunted is hardly inspiring so you're left not really caring about that and the bad guys are not bad enough to be a threat and not comical enough to be funny. Also Donald Sutherland and daughter start to get a slight backstory which is completely unneeded and never developed. On the positive side I'm off to Florida in November and if the sea is as... More

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Posted by Marvel_79 at 09:04, 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

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