Reviewer's Rating 2 out of 5   User Rating 3 out of 5
Fool's Gold (2008)
12aContains moderate violence, sex references and one use of strong language

For those of you partial to a shirtless Matthew McConaughey - and don't pretend you're not - Fool's Gold is a treasure trove. He's back, he's half naked and he's trying to woo Kate Hudson again, this time luring her from the brink of divorcing him by going in search of treasure on the ocean bed. But don't get your hopes up: toned bodies and exotic locations aside, there's more foolishness than cinematic gold to be found here.

Hudson plays Tess, who's realised that although her husband Finn (McConaughey) comes up trumps in bed, he wasn't worth giving up her PhD for (this is the best joke of the film). But on the day of their divorce, Finn turns up with big clues to the whereabouts of some sunken Spanish loot they've been searching for all these years. Once he's charmed his way aboard Tess's boss's (Sutherland) luxury boat, it's treasure ahoy, but only if they can get past the baddies who own the island nearby.


Hitch director Andy Tennant has placed himself at the helm of a sinking ship, relying on a thin plot, an unconvincing romance, puzzling moments of violence and some awful characterisation to carry his film. A solid supporting cast - Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremmer, Ray Winstone - is furnished with terrible (and very amusing) fake accents, but even more criminal is the bunch of black bad guys who, once they've made a mockery of um, black guys, get dispatched in a manner too violent for this supposed romantic comedy. Like Tess and Finn, the makers of Fool's Gold are motivated by lucre, not love.

Fool's Gold is out in the UK on 18th April 2008.

End Credits

Director: Andy Tennant

Writer: Andy Tennant, John Claflin

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alex Dziena, Ewen Bremner

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance

Length: 113 minutes

Cinema: 18 April 2008

Country: USA

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