F is for Fool’s Gold

Fool's Gold
No, not iron pyrites, but the 2008 movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The critics panned it, but in my experience, if the critics don’t like a movie, I usually will. Fool’s Gold is no exception, and from the very informal poll I took among my friends, I’m not alone.

The story is a cheesy and corny romance/comedy/adventure, which fits my criteria for light, fun entertainment. “Finn” Finegan (McConaughey) and his partner are searching for sunken treasure in the Bahamas and because of his obsession, his wife, Tess, (Hudson) has divorced him. Somehow, he convinces her and millionaire Nigel Honeycutt (played by Donald Sutherland) to help him find it. Along the way, they have to deal with local gangsters who are also trying to find the treasure.

Of course, the ending is predictable. Finn and Tess reunite. They find the treasure. Everyone lives happily ever after. But isn’t that how a romantic comedy is supposed to end?

Yes, the critics overwhelmingly dissed the movie, but looking at the box office returns and DVD sales, the fans disagree. Fool’s Gold is right up there on my list with Romancing the Stone and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Have you seen Fool’s Gold? What do you think?


F is for Fool’s Gold — 2 Comments

  1. This is one of my faves – a go-to flick for days when I need to lighten up. First, love the Caribbean. Second, love pirate/treasure movies. Third, Kate and Matthew have great chemistry. And (probably most important) cheesy, feel-good movies are the best. 🙂