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Fool’s Gold

A recently divorced couple believe uncovering buried treasure could save their marriage.

Fool’s GoldDirected by Andy Tennant (PG-13)

A recently divorced couple believe uncovering buried treasure could save their marriage.

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Fool’s Gold is a foolish enterprise if ever there was one,” said Claudia Puig in USA Today. Apparently someone in Hollywood believed that 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was enough of a success to justify reuniting Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson for this half-witted treasure hunt. This time, the blond bombshells are a couple on the brink of divorce, driven apart by his wild-eyed obsession with a treasure buried somewhere deep in the Caribbean. These two temperamental opposites are supposedly a winning pair, but nothing about this film “strikes gold,” least of all their paltry onscreen chemistry. Fool’s Gold could be called “How to Lose an Audience in 10 Minutes,” said Michael Rechtshaffen in The Hollywood Reporter. Director Andy Tennant’s past attempts at romantic comedy have been hit or miss, ranging from tolerable (Hitch) to unwatchable (Fools Rush In). His latest installment falls flat chiefly due to a story line with “all the buoyancy and shimmer of a shipwreck.” Tennant’s aiming for the perfect date movie here, but ends up with a “sexier National Treasure.” McConaughey and Hudson have all the fun, while the audience gets left in the cold, said Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News. Fool’s Gold’s “only treasure” is the wealth of scenes featuring McConaughey shirtless.

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