Fools Gold Review

FoolsgoldHello international friends! Thank you for checking out our Fool’s Gold Review.

The General Idea

Plot synopsis from IMDB: Fools Gold stars Matthew McConaughey as Ben Finn Finnegan, a good-natured, surf bum-turned-treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queens Dowry — 40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) and his more-rusty-than-trusty salvage boat, Booty Calls. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasures whereabouts. Certain that his luck will change with the newfound information, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigels yacht and, using his good-natured charm, convinces the tycoon and his Blackberry-wielding, celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish treasure. Against Tess better judgment, the search rekindles her loveof discovery. But they are not the only ones after the treasure. Finns mentor-turned-nemesis Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) has also set out to claim the prize.

The Good

We get to see a lot of quality abs in this film. This movie celebrates abs more than it celebrates treasure and I would have preferred the title of Golden Abs Of The Caribbean. Donald Sutherland also has an outstanding collection of ascots that he sports in the film. I have been on the fence about ascots, but I think this may have put me over the edge. I think I may be an ascot man. My favorite film critic Alex Reynolds sports an ascot, and with his permission I would like to enter the club.

The Bad

This film actually didn’t have a bad treasure hunting story, but it was muddled to death with divorce arguments (that you never really bought into) and the family troubles between an insanely wealthy father and his daughter. I did not see the need to slow the film down and add in unnecessary dramatic tension. People did not come to this film to learn life lessons, they came to see a fun rom-com treasure hunt – with abs.

The film overall didn’t have a very good story. The dialogue was bad and the conversational jokes were not that amusing. The best parts of the film occured when the treasure hunting was happening; or when they were talking about their research. This would have been a better adventure film than a rom/com/adventure. By trying to do too much, nothing was done very well and by the end of the film I thought to myself “well I saw that coming, and I didn’t enjoy the ride”.

At 113 minutes, this film was also needlessly long, I am confused why they decided to keep so much in. This fun in the sun beach romp should have been just that.


If you like to look at Kate Hudson and/or Matthew Matthew McConaughey in swim-wear, then certainly go see this movie. If you are looking for a quality rom/com – you may want to skip this one. I did not loathe this film; it just wasn’t very good. I wouldn’t be comfortable recommending this movie, and out of 10, I suppose I would give it a 4.

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13 thoughts on “Fools Gold Review

  1. Awesome movie a real fun story with charming characters. A classic good guys vs bad guys but set in todays time period. A REALLY ACE movie. I loved it and my wife loved it too. 10/10

  2. I enjoyed this film. I thought the first underwater parts with the ship going down was funny. McConaughey leaping underwater to get the gun to shoot off the chains, also funny. I liked seeing Sutherland start off as an old waste product then come to life and reveal his intelligence. I liked A. Dziena. McConaughey shooting the bad guys in the foot and ear, I liked. There were a few extra scenes but I personally prefer a bit too much to too little. I was turned on when Dziena almost got the sword in the crotch and she looked like she was, too.

    One major problem. In the real world, women cry and sue when a man hits them but in film, women hit men all over the place and it’s supposed to be funny. Outside the divorce court, there was the moment where I thought “wow, in any other film the “heroine” would hit him here but she’s walking away!!” I was impressed. Then she borrowed a cane from somebody and smacks him across the head.
    I enjoyed this film, I like McConaughey’s performance and his charm, Sutherland and Dziena but for a minute I was going to be impressed by it’s intelligence.

  3. I myself enjoy seeing quality abs, and my hunch that there are indeed quite a few minutes of film devoted to this very thing was confirmed by the ‘Good’ category of this review. I thank you for clearing that up, as I wouldn’t have wanted to spend money on a film rife with tight story lines, well-thought-out character development or stellar dialogue.

    P.S. My favorite part of this review was the embedded link to the Wikipedia page on ascots.

  4. Kristina, why is their a need to attack someones skin? This thread is supposed to be about the movie, why the personal attacks? Anyways, I went to go see the movie last night with my boyfriend and while he was asleep I was wishing someone would knock me out as well. I was sooooooo disappointed with this film. Like the review said, the actual treasure hunt parts were pretty good, but there was too much other things going on that just muddied it up. Two times in a row I get duped, the last movie that disappointed me like this was I am Legend. What’s going on with movies lately? For now on I’ll wait until it comes out on cable. This is getting old, bad movies are becoming redundant.

  5. Fools Gold is horrible, and I mean horrible.

    How dare Goldies daughter say she spent 6 monts in Australia for
    this crap-movie.

    You are a jerk. How dare you promote crap. LOOOOOOOser.

  6. I’m just glad is movie if finally out and I can stop seeing the trailer for it in the theaters. So painful. At least I could mute or change the channel when it came to the TV spots.

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