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Fool's Gold
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Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
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Kiddie Movie: They'd probably be bored.
Date Movie: Um, duh?
Gratuitous Sex: Skimpy outfits and Tess jumping Finn in the basement of a church.
Gratuitous Violence: Shooting and stuff, and a blow-hole adventure gone wrong.
Action: There's some chasing and flying around.
Laughs: It's got some funny going on.
Memorable Scene: The blow-hole incident.
Memorable Quote: Gemma explaining to Daddy Nigel that he named his boat after her "unconsciously."
Directed By: Andy Tennant
Produced By: Donald De Line

Fool's Gold
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:53 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I suppose Iíll leave my deep and insightful analysis for "Foolís Gold" for the end of this review so letís just get to the story, which, if you saw the trailer, is really all you need. But here goes anywayÖ

Finn (Matthew McConaughey) is on a quest to find a sunken treasure, a quest he is originally on with his wife, Tess (Kate Hudson), that is until she canít take his treasure-quest ways anymore and divorces him. The divorce comes just after Finn is destined to be fish food after upsetting his latest financier, Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart). Now apart, Tess is working as the Steward on the yacht of Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), he who is not-so-eagerly awaiting a visit from his dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena). Finn, of course, is in need of a new person fronting the money for his quest, and who better than an old, rich dude on a yacht, with a hot daughter, and suddenly finding out Tess works for Nigel works in his favor as he can, with Tessí help, explain that he has found the treasure.

Sure enough, Nigel buys their story, points his yacht in the direction of the sunken treasure, sort of hoping for some quality time with his dimwit daughter who, rather than hang out with her friends in the Yucatan is now intrigued with thoughts of pretty jewels and Finnís buff body. So theyíre off, only to find that Moe (Ray Winstone), Finnís original mentor, is also looking for the treasure, and now itís a race to find it and keep Bigg Bunny at bay. Oh yea, Finn and Tess also realize they still love each other.

If you are looking for a movie that gives you exactly what the trailer shows, "Foolís Gold" is that movie, but for me it could have been much more. For me the problem was it seemed they didnít know if they wanted to make a romantic comedy or a romantic adventure. The romantic part was easy enough to accomplish with McConaughey and Hudson, both good enough in their roles for the dudettes to lust for Matthew while the dudes could drool over both Kate Hudson and Alexis Dziena, but the movie couldnít decide to stick with a straight adventure movie, or a comedy, with the deciding factor in this being the stupidness of the Bigg Bunny character. Heís a supposed rapper-dude who might be a killer and owns an island, who has two bumbling dopes for bodyguard/muscle, and then suddenly we get a grislier bodyguard/muscle dude in the mix. They are supposed to be the comic element, I guess, but they were too over-the-top dumb for me.

Personally, turn the movie into a slapstick adventure about looking for a sunken treasure with an entire cast of bumbling fools, or seriousness it up with a more ruthless acting bad guy with Finn able to escape because he is lucky/creative, rather than knowing the bumbling oafs would screw things up again and again, more like an "Indiana Jones" type of movie, if Indiana had a hot ex-wife along for the ride.

I wanted to like "Foolís Gold" a little more, maybe because I had a higher expectation for it, but for being exactly something you can expect, itís 3 stars out of 5. Finishing up, though, I will say this Ė That Alexis Dziena is either the ditziest actress being able to play herself, or one of the most talented actresses ever because her portrayal as the dumb/bimbo/spoiled brat was fantastic (I really hope itís the latter).  Too bad the movie is rated PG-13, though, because it would have been nice to see her naked.  God, I'm such a pig sometimes.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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