Fool’s Gold ** (out of ****)

Director: Andy Tennant
Writers: Andy Tennant, John Claflin and Daniel Zelman, based on a story by Mr. Claflin and Mr. Zelman
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner, Alexis Dziena, Ray Winston, Kevin Hart, Roger Sciberras
Rating: PG-13 (action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language)
Running Time: 113 min
Release Date: 2/8/2008

Fool’s Gold is part romantic comedy and part action film. Finn (Matthew McConaughey) is a fortune hunter who is on the track of a Spanish galley that sunk in a storm in early1500s. He is diving to look for signs of the sunken wreck when he finds a broken plate that he sees as a major clue in his search for the ship. At the same time Finn’s own boat sinks due to an improbable sequence of events. He is then “rescued” by rapper Big Bunny (Kevin Hart) who owns the nearby island. Big Bunny discovers that Finn is onto a big treasure and orders his incompetent henchmen to have him killed. But, Finn escapes and is picked up by a passing boat.

Meanwhile his wife, Tess (Kate Hudson), is working on a yacht owned by Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland). She had been a graduate student which she became involved with Finns treasure hunt and married him years before. She had been the brains of the Finn and Tess treasure hunting team before she had concluded that Finn was a loser. They have date in court to conclude their divorce proceedings. Finn arrives just a few minutes too late, having being transported to the location by the boat that rescued him. The judge has awarded all of their possessions to Tess. But, those possessions were the boat and its contents that sank in the opening scenes.

Tess with no money and based Finn’s find of the plate believes that he is close to locating the long sought treasure. She joins with Finn, her boss Nigel Honeycutt, and his young daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) to make another effort to finally locate the treasure. However, when the Honeycutt yacht arrives on the scene Big Bunny’s team is already hard at work.

There are many plot twists, new clues, chases, and fights between the forces of Big Bunny and Finn & Co for the remainder of the movie. The violence is played down and is more comical that graphic. Fool’s Gold would be suitable for a family outing although it might be a little too boring for the younger kids. I don’t think that it would be too offensive for most families. Think of it as a nice fantasy vacation for those who can’t go on a Caribbean vacation this winter.

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