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Fool's Gold (2008)



Critic Consensus: With little chemistry among the performers, humorless gags, and a predictable storyline, Fool's Gold fails on every level.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days co-stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey re-team on the big screen for this adventurous tale about a treasure-hunting couple whose eight-year quest for the ultimate prize has left them flat broke and fresh out of gas. Ben "Finn" Finnegan (McConaughey) is a treasure hunter who has made it his mission in life to track down the Queen's Dowry -- a legendary collection of 40 chests filled with priceless treasure, and lost at sea in 1715. But in his single-minded quest to track down this sizable booty, Finn has sadly neglected his marriage to his loving wife Tess (Hudson). Tess has grown tired of the hunt, and now she's looking to start her life anew by going to work on the massive yacht of globetrotting billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland). But just as Tess begins to relish the freedom on her new, laid-back lifestyle, Finn uses his roughish charm to convince the adventurous baron and his debutante daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) that the elusive Spanish treasure is finally within reach. Of course no magnate in his right mind would reject the prospect of tracking down the most mythical treasure on the planet, and now as the hapless Tess is forced on yet another wild goose chase, her husband's former mentor Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) and a greedy local gangster (Kevin Hart) up the stakes by joining in on the race. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Matthew McConaughey
as Ben 'Finn' Finnegan
Donald Sutherland
as Nigel Honeycutt
Alexis Dziena
as Gemma Honeycutt
Ray Winstone
as Moe Fitch
Kevin Hart
as Bigg Bunny
Nicholas Cooper
as Moe's Driver
Glen Suter
as Moe's Driver
Laurence Coy
as Finn's Attorney
Linda Cropper
as Tess's Attorney
Ray Bull
as Vicar
Valentino del Toro
as Barman Key West
Frank Turner
as Old Man 1
Bill Watson
as Old Man 2
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Critic Reviews for Fool's Gold

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (47)

[T]he frequency with which people are shot or drowned wears away at any attempts the film makes to be frothy or screwball.

May 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Matthew McConaughey, whose continuing Hollywood career deserves a separate chapter in any future book by Richard Dawkins on the non-existence of God, is reunited for this romcom caper with Kate Hudson, herself uncompromisingly abysmal in everything.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A ghastly romantic comedy about a race to find a 17th-century Spanish wreck full of treasure. The film is completely dead behind the eyes.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Like Tess and Finn, the makers of Fool's Gold are motivated by lucre, not love.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I succumbed to the very occasional charms of this fair, good-natured romcom adventure and left the screening in quite a good mood.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fool's Gold

A charismatic couple on the verge of breaking up because they couldn't find the treasure they were looking for ... find the treasure. Oo-pah! Along for the ride is Donald Sutherland, rendering a upperclass Brit accent (sooo bad I can't believe they let him get away with it! Or wasn't there any Brit actors around? Oy.) Still a nice romantic adventure, not full on, but not half bad either.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Fool's Gold had the potential of being a good comedy film, but the problem with the film is that it's bloated with overused clichés from previous comedies, thus everything you'd expect that will happen, happens. I thought that the film started off well enough to be a good, fun comedy film. However, halfway through the film, the film falls apart, and due to a somewhat lacking cast, the film doesn't deliver. There's some good actors in this film, but they are miscast, and really don't cut in their respective parts. I think Fool's Gold fails at delivering anything good, and it's a shame because the film had the potential of being a good comedy. Like I stated previously, Fool's Gold starts falling apart halfway through the film, thus the film ends up being mediocre. Although the film is not an awful piece of garbage, it does suffer from not being an effective comedy because of a dull script. The film at times is funny, and amusing, but for the most part, it doesn't anything to really engage the viewer. Matthew McConaughey in my opinion should give up Rom-Coms. I think that he's a talented actor, but the fact that he keeps starring in boring, uninteresting romantic comedies is really sinking his career. Fool's Gold is yet another example of a rom-com that has checkered his career. The film has its moments, but it never succeeds at being a good film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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