Fool's Gold (12A)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Apr 15 2008

Andy Tennant’s Caribbean treasure-hunt comedy uses ‘Romancing the Stone’ as a rough template for Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey to rub each other up as a recently divorced couple whose obsession with a sunken eighteenth-century Spanish galleon full of golden booty is reignited when McConaughey’s penniless Finn finds a submerged china plate bearing a Spanish inscription.

Equally broke, Hudson’s Tess now works as a deckhand for Donald Sutherland’s frightfully English billionaire Nigel Honeycutt, currently holidaying with his dim daughter aboard his super yacht. Having lost his (and Tess’s) boat to the sea in the opening credits, opportunist Finn sees a chance to rope in some help and contrives a meeting with Honeycutt, who warms to Finn’s salty charms. But just as the treasure hunt resumes, caricatured gangster Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) gets wind of it all and throws a large spanner into the works…

We’ve all seen this kind of scenario in umpteen treasure trovers, yet what makes ‘Fool’s Gold’ at least vaguely watchable is the presence of Hudson, who shares many of her mother Goldie Hawn’s more likeable comedic skills. It’s the badly timed pratfalls that bother most: aside from one laugh-out-loud moment involving Hudson thwacking McConaughey across the head with a borrowed walking stick, they are almost universally insipid. Yes, the formulaic script is often laughable and overly convoluted; yes, it takes a while to adjust to Sutherland’s Blighty accent; and yes, Ray Winstone is badly miscast as a Yank. But, for some unfathomable reason, I succumbed to the very occasional charms of this fair, good-natured romcom adventure and left the screening in quite a good mood.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Apr 18, 2008

Duration:

112 mins

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EMMA

Very average. Nice looking people, nice scenary but I exected it to be a romantic comedy but it wasn't funny and there wasn't much romance in it either. One of those easy watch , forgettable straight to video films. not worth £7.40.

EMMA

Very average. Nice looking people, nice scenary but I exected it to be a romantic comedy but it wasn't funny and there wasn't much romance in it either. One of those easy watch , forgettable straight to video films. not worth £7.40.

j

entertainment value = 4 stars kate hudson - max stars!!!!!!!!!

j

entertainment value = 4 stars kate hudson - max stars!!!!!!!!!

phoebe filmbuff

I've escaped from studying for my Highers ... Any film would have been good , but Kate turned my night out into a holiday !! It's a great mid-week Caribbean vacation! Must buy the DVD ...

phoebe filmbuff

I've escaped from studying for my Highers ... Any film would have been good , but Kate turned my night out into a holiday !! It's a great mid-week Caribbean vacation! Must buy the DVD ...

April

Really boring, no point to half of the characters, dragged on way longer than it needed to. Story about background to treasure was confusing and also too long. Do not listen to other reviews, you will regret wasting time and money by going to the cinema.

April

Really boring, no point to half of the characters, dragged on way longer than it needed to. Story about background to treasure was confusing and also too long. Do not listen to other reviews, you will regret wasting time and money by going to the cinema.

usman khawaja

the deep meets pirates of the caribbean ,but the main attraction is a raw chemical chemistry between matthew-hudson ,and that too when they are together-they exchange some witty dialogue as the estranged divorced couple in a battle of sexes . the plot about a hunt for a sunken spanish treasure is hokum but the comedy ,action and the leads along with the father daughter duo ,sutherland and honeycutt are enjoyable and keep you sitting with some brilliant color photography and underwater stunts . the afro caribean caricatures are irritating and the narrative is slack, the dialogues are good to bad and the only cosistency is kate-matt looking good -matthew has a personal trainer now ,he has a 6 pack and parades around in shorts for most of his screen time . kate bemoans the lack of great sex they had as a couple but they never get down to it, honeycutt is delightful and charming as a clever ,exuberant bimbo and makes you laugh . a subplot with the 2 gay chefs is rather dull and forced and uneven , this is routine hollywood formula that works some times and is flat at others . if you are fond of kate -matthew like me ,as they are talented,well shaped physical specimen -you will find this a risible effort .otherwise wait for dvd .

usman khawaja

the deep meets pirates of the caribbean ,but the main attraction is a raw chemical chemistry between matthew-hudson ,and that too when they are together-they exchange some witty dialogue as the estranged divorced couple in a battle of sexes . the plot about a hunt for a sunken spanish treasure is hokum but the comedy ,action and the leads along with the father daughter duo ,sutherland and honeycutt are enjoyable and keep you sitting with some brilliant color photography and underwater stunts . the afro caribean caricatures are irritating and the narrative is slack, the dialogues are good to bad and the only cosistency is kate-matt looking good -matthew has a personal trainer now ,he has a 6 pack and parades around in shorts for most of his screen time . kate bemoans the lack of great sex they had as a couple but they never get down to it, honeycutt is delightful and charming as a clever ,exuberant bimbo and makes you laugh . a subplot with the 2 gay chefs is rather dull and forced and uneven , this is routine hollywood formula that works some times and is flat at others . if you are fond of kate -matthew like me ,as they are talented,well shaped physical specimen -you will find this a risible effort .otherwise wait for dvd .