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Fool's Gold (2 stars)

(12A) 112min

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Fool's Gold

ADVENTURE/ROMANCE

All that glitters is not gold is indeed the case with this witless, plodding rom-com romp that reunites How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days pretty pair Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as estranged husband and wife-cum-treasure hunters in the sunny Caribbean.

McConaughey gives good bare chest as Ben Finnegan, a booty hunter with his eye on a legendary 17th century Spanish treasure ship named the Queen’s dowry believed sunk in Caribbean waters. Having had enough of her husband prioritising golden booty over that of his wife, Hudson’s Tess is in the process of filing for divorce when Finn gets a lucky line on the location of the priceless dowry. The pair are soon off after the waterlogged fortune, assisted by Donald Sutherland’s dapper billionaire and pursued by Kevin Hart’s ruthless rapper-gangster.

Written by John Claflin and Daniel Zelman (whose most notable previous credit, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, may give you an idea of the quality of their script) and directed by Hollywood hack Andy Tennant (Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch), Fool’s Gold lacks both romantic chemistry and decent comic banter. And even the thrilling adventure one would expect from a National Treasure-with-sex is absent, sunk in a sea of unnecessarily tedious and baffling exposition.

General release from Fri 18 Apr.

Fool's Gold

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andy Tennant
  • Written by: Andy Tennant, John Claflin, Daniel Zelman
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Alexis Dziena, Ewen Bremner, Ray Winstone, and, Donald Sutherland

Witless, plodding rom-com romp that reunites 'How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days' pretty pair McConaughey and Hudson as estranged husband and wife-cum-treasure hunters on the trail of a legendary treasure ship, assisted by Sutherland's dapper billionaire and pursued by Hart's ruthless rapper-gangster. All that glitters is not…

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