Those of you looking for another HOW TO LOSE, however, will be disappointed, as FOOL’S GOLD is pretty bad, even by romantic comedy standards. For one, it doesn’t know what it wants to be—a screwball rom-com, a paint-by-numbers action adventure in the flimsy vein of ROMANCING THE STONE, or a mediocre mix of the two. Hudson and McConaughey do have a good love-hate chemistry going but it’s not on display much here. Their romance is about as deep as a puddle, and comes in two subtlety-free modes: seething hate or googly eyed love. And for some odd reason, the film wastes time on extraneous stuff like the storyline of Donald Sutherland and his spoiled Paris Hilton-like daughter. Though I will accept any excuse to show Alexis Dziena in a bikini.
It’s a definitively lazy movie, starting with the opening text laying out the plot, which gets explained later on again in case you had fallen asleep in the first 15 seconds. FOOL’S GOLD is also what I like to call an “excuse” movie. It exists as an excuse to display a shirtless McConaughey, or to show Kate Hudson’s bikini-clad posterior, not to mention an excuse for cast and crew to write off an Australian vacation as “work.” And honestly, it’s not hard watching attractive, tanned people cavort on the beach for a couple hours, but there are definitely similar, better movies that won’t feel like an utter waste once it’s over.
Gag Reel (2:46): Nothing particularly funny.
Extra Tidbit: I have a serious problem spelling McConaughey correctly.