Fool’s Gold

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Posted February 7, 2008 in Film

Two six-packs are better than one when increasingly identical gym bunnies Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey team up to find $500 million in shipwrecked treasure. Opposites attract, however, and the physical spark between the two shaggy blondes that made How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days the perfect airplane movie is 20 fathoms under sea. Hudson looks too tired to smile; McConaughey is as rambunctious as a Labrador. Divorced 10 minutes into the film after eight years spent researching Spanish galleons and having, they keep assuring us, totally wild sex, the ex-couple bump into each other on the yacht of millionaire Nigel Honeycutt’s (a courtly Donald Sutherland) after McC captures the fascination of Honeycutt’s Hilton-esque daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) by rescuing her designer hat. Between their posse and the treasure stands gat-toting rapper Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) who owns the island and has a dreadlocked, Jamaican-accented Malcolm-Jamal Warner as his bodyguard. None of this has the makings of greatness. It should, however, have the makings of decent—especially since Hudson’s mom starred in the best yacht comedy of all time in Overboard. But director Andy Tennant gives it a PG innocence that can’t even commit to the love triangle he and writers John Clafin and Daniel Zelman tossed in despite Dziena’s earnest attempts to gamble around in a bikini. (Amy Nicholson)


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