Fool’s Gold

Hepburn and Tracy, Winslet and DiCaprio, Hanks and Ryan, these are a few of the greatest on screen couples in history.  Moving audiences in ways few others do, these couples have transcended time.  Enter McConaughey and Hudson, the latest couple to try and replicate the passion of a couple blazing the silver screen on fire.

Reuniting for the first time since their hit, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Matthew  McConaughey and Kate Hudson add the “rom-com” adventure Fool’s Gold to their resumes.  McConaughey plays Finn, a broke clueless hunk in search of treasure, no matter the cost.  With nothing to his name, but the swim trunks on his butt, he’s carefree in the face of danger while searching for sunken treasure.  He’s so careless that he sinks his boat and then his wife, Tess (Hudson) divorces him because of his lifestyle.  With everything crumbling around him Finn must find a way to make money, and possibly save his marriage.  Tess, with no money to her name either, works for Nigel (Donald Sutherland), a billionaire who spends the summer aboard his yacht with his dimwitted daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena).  Unbeknown to Tess, Finn has his eyes set on Nigel to help pay for his latest search for sunken treasure.  He weasels his way onto the yacht and into the heart of Gemma, thus befriending Nigel.  After reuniting with his estranged wife aboard the yacht, Finn embarks on a new adventure to become rich.  With twists and turns around every corner, Fool’s Gold tries to have something for everyone.

While Hudson and McConaughey aren’t nearly as remarkable as other famous on-screen couples, they do have an undeniable chemistry.  Their banter is always fun, and flows like a real couple with issues.  Just like in How to Lose a Guy in 10 days, their pairing is pitch perfect for the setting of Fool’s Gold.  The biggest thing going against Gold, is that there are much better films like it on the market.  Consider Fool’s Gold, a lighter version of Indiana Jones or National Treasure.  It’s a fun movie, but not nearly at the level of it’s predecessors.  McConaughey may have the look and charm of a charismatic treasure hunter, but he just plays up to his slap-stick nature too much.  There are numerous scenes where he gets hit, makes a funny face and falls awkwardly.  While you’ll laugh the first time, it’s just played to death throughout the movie.  On the other hand, Hudson radiates off the screen and maintains her genuine likability throughout the movie, but she can’t save this film on her own.

Andy Tennant (Hitch) is a master at bringing the romantic comedy to the screen.  Hitch and Sweet Home Alabama are two of his stronger showings, even if they are fluffier than Gold.  It’s admirable for him to attempt to mesh action and comedy together, but it misses the mark more than not.  The comedy’s not funny enough, and the action could be better, so the movie like the on screen couple, is stuck in the middle.  I’d give it a 2 1/2, just because it’s kind of enjoyable while you watch it, but you won’t remember it afterward.

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