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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fool's Gold

**** Fool's Gold. Romantic comedy, action/adventure

Directed by: Andy Tennant.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena, Kevin Hart

We saw this at the Hercules with the boys.

Ben (Matthey McConaughey) and Tess (Kate Hudson) Finnegan are getting divorced. They used to go diving for treasure together, but now Tess is working as a steward on the wealthy Nigel Honeycutt's (Donald Sutherland) yacht and Ben is in debt to rapper/villain Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart).

Ben thinks he's finally discovered the location of the legendary Queen's Dowry treasure, but he needs money--and Tess's help--to find it. So he convinces Honeycutt and his "celebutante" (think Paris Hilton) daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) to join--and finance--the quest.

Yes, this is goofy, over-the-top, unbelievable, and McConaughey still gets on my nerves, but none of that matters, because it's fun. Reminiscent of Romancing the Stone (action/adventure and romantic comedy), or Twister (action/adventure and a rekindled romance), or even The Abyss (action/adventure, diving, and a rekindled romance), all of which I also enjoyed.

McConaughey does fit the irritatingly happy-go-lucky treasure hunter character pretty well, I must admit. And Kate Hudson likewise fits his more serious spouse. A lot of the reviews preferred the two in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but while How to... was a cute movie, McConaughey was like nails on the chalkboard for me. I could accept him better in this role. I don't know why he gets on my nerves so badly, but I find him difficult to watch.

Regardless, we all enjoyed the movie, even the boys.

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Bigg Bunny?? Jeez, it must so hurt to be a rapper these days...
I actually like McConaughey in a distracted, kinda peripheral way. Certainly nice to look at usually, also he can be quite funny at times. But I wouldn't watch any movie just because he's in it. This one seems like one I can easily wait for to see it on tv in a couple years. :-)
I hear good and bad thing about this movie. So I don't know if I want to watch it. Probably wait to see it Netflix.

I have to admit I like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Not because McConaughey is in it but I just like the movie. I think he is a okay guy but I don't go looking for all the movies he is in though :)
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