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Fool's Gold
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06.17.2008 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Andy Tennant

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey
Kate Hudson
Donald Sutherland

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A recently divorced treasure hunter loses his shirt and must walk around bare-chested for two hours. At some point he and his ex-wife look for sunken gold, but that’s more of a subplot really.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Every girl I knew at college, even if her DVD collection was only two movies, owned a copy of HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS. Female schmoes feel free to correct me, but I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em: Estrogen favors Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. (Probably more the latter than anything.)

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.
THE EXTRAS
FOOL’S GOLD: Flirting with Adventure (4:34): A quick PR fluff piece with interviews and some behind-the-scenes footage. Hudson refers to her and McConaughey’s relationship as “brother and sister,” which creeps me out.

Gag Reel (2:46): Nothing particularly funny.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
FOOL’S GOLD…shiny on the outside, worthless on the inside. Yep, sounds about right.

Extra Tidbit: I have a serious problem spelling McConaughey correctly.
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