Review Date: July 10, 2008
Director: Andy Tennant
Writer: John Claflin, Daniel Zeldman, Andy Tennant
Producers: Donald DeLine, Jon Klane
Matthew McConaughey as Ben
Kate Hudson as Tess
Donald Sutherland as Nigel
Early on, the film prepares us for what’s to come when the lead duo spend about 10 screen minutes dissecting the cockeyed setup behind the “missing treasure” to paycheck-cashing Donald Sutherland, and you quickly start to realize that the people behind the film were actually hoping to develop a real mystery behind their treasure adventure. Sadly for them, almost nothing about the caper is engaging, and the tone of the entire film is off, with an odd balance of light comedy, pratfalls, drama between Sutherland and his dumb-as-a-post daughter, as well as some cheap moments of action/adventure being mixed in with some actual blood and murders?? Anytime you kill someone in such a film, you basically ruin the “light dynamic” of it all, no? I mean, on the one hand, the filmmakers are trying to develop this “romance” between the lead heartthrobs, but on the other hand, the film focuses on some ganglord running the island who doesn’t mind killing folks to get what he wants. I won’t bore you with the details of that story because the film does a fine job of that itself, but needless to say, if romance and comedy is what you’re looking for, FOOL’S GOLD is not the film for you. The film’s final half hour does feature some decent action though, but by that point, you don’t really care too much about much. I suggest you rent HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS again and try to figure out why both of these actors signed on to this piece of shit follow-up to their initial success. PS: If you’re a fan of “the shirtless McConaughey” (and really, who isn’t?), this movie is ideally suited for you, as he seems to be shirtless throughout almost the entire picture. Thanks man!