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While this isn't by any means the turkey some have painted it as, this is far from a perfect movie. Nonetheless, Mathew Mahogany and Kate Hugsome are a charming enough pair with some convincing chemistry onscreen, in this treasure hunt caper. They play a couple having just concluded a divorce, but who find themselves bound together once more to complete a treasure hunt, with the help of Donald Sutherland's "rich-guy-with-nothing-better-to-do" and his daughter. What could possibly happen ...?
Well, while the plot point A leads to plot point B with ending `C' predictably reached, it's more the surrounding characters that threaten to sink the movie than the moderately engaging main characters or lazy plot. Just as you might find a smile lightening your face thanks to either the stars efforts or the scenery, Donald Sutherland overeggs his English accented billionaire shtick, and his daughter is ditzy beyond reason (or humour) and the movie constantly walks a thin borderline between amusing caper and unpleasant farce. And the bad guys? Thoroughly unfunny goons for the most part, who fail to be funny, threatening, or even remotely interesting. Even Ray Winstone looks like he was along just for the vacation.
On the other hand, the scenery (beyond Mathew's abs or Kate's curves, that is) is quite breathtaking.. you may well feel a subliminal urge to go on a diving vacation by the end of the movie.
Pretty and bland rather than brilliant or barnstorming, this is a fairly pain free movie to pass some time.. it never quite nails the right tone and is lacking in the actual laugh out loud humour stakes, but leave the brain in neutral, and don't expect to watch more than once, and it just about floats long enough to kill a couple of hours.
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on 14 April 2009
My goodness their are some moaners out there these days!
Looking at the above reviews, you would think this was a awful movie.

Fair play it isn't Cassablanca or Gone With The Wind. But it is still a very good lighthearted fun movie...

The acting is good, the storyline is excellent and the comedy is very good too.

If you want a serious movie, don't watch this, but for Gods sakes, don't take it as a serious movie and start spouting hate online about it!

Enjoy it for it's jokes, it's adventure and it's stunning scenery.

I liked it allot, and you might too!
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VINE VOICEon 28 September 2008
Benjamin Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) in search a ship wreck with gold and other treasure alienates his wife Tess (Kate Hudson,) defaults on a loan from the local bad guy Big Bunny (Kevin Hart) and misplaces a boat.

Yet he finds a clue to the treasure and must placate Big Bunny, regain the appreciation of his wife, find a sugar daddy to finance his expedition and beat a rival to the claim. The sugar daddy turns out to be Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland). Nigel is on his own quest to regain if he ever had it the affection of his flibbertigibbet daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena.)

Who will find the treasure (if there really is one)?
Will love or at least lust reappear to our forlorn treasure hunting couple?
Will daddy ever get the respect of this daughter?
Will we get bored watching this formula movie that tries too hard?

I watched the Blu-ray version and even though it could not save the movie, they did a terrific job on the seascape and other visuals.
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Let me begin by saying that if you enjoyed SAHARA, then you can disregard this review as you will most likely quite enjoy this film. However, if you've not seen it or hated it, read on...

For the first 40 minutes of the film, Kate and Matthew are on screen together for no more than 5 minutes which was disappointing enough and then when they ARE together, the spark and chemistry the two had on HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS, just isn't here at all. The characters don't dazzle when they're on their own either.

I'm a huge fan of Matthew's and really like Kate too but both are oh so disappointing in this film and are lacking their usual charm. Don't blame them though - blame the writers/director/producers! Matthew & Kate's characers bicker constantly but there's no passion in their bickering - I'm guessing it's SUPPOSED to be funny but it's just not.

Fourty minutes into the film, you think the treasure hunt story is finally about to take off but it really doesn't and there's just more talking. Infact, the film really doesn't pick up pace at all until an hour and twenty minutes into the film - that's a LONG time when you realize the film's about to finish soon! I hate to say it, but the film is excruciatingly slow with nothing much going on. There are a few classic Kate moments and the last 20 minutes are enjoyable but it's just not enough to save the film.

I was rooting for this to be a fantastic romantic comedy adventure but it's nowehere close. What a waste of two very fine comedic actors! I highly recommend watching HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS instead; it's a sharp, funny, dazzling romcom and Kate & Matthew have genuine chemistry. And if you're in the mood for a treasure hunt adventure film, get your hands on the much faster-paced NATIONAL TREASURE instead! ...It pains me to say it but whatever you do, just give Fool's Gold a miss
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I normally like this kind of adventurous rom-com, but the generally poor reviews put me off. Now having seen it on Blu-ray, I'm glad I rented rather than bought. Granted, the scenery looks gorgeous in hi-def, but the story itself holds no surprises whatsoever and some of the characters are so off-putting that it detracts from the enjoyment of the film. To be specific, Donald Sutherland's English accent might sound terribly posh to Americans, but to me it was unnatural and weird, to the extent that I hated listening to him. Also, his daughter is such a cliched dimwit spoiled brat that her screentime just irritated me.

The two leads are very easy on the eye, depending on your inclination, but the film itself just doesn't do them or the locations justice. Did I mention the lovely scenery???
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on 29 January 2016
Its not brain challenging and the comedy violence is a bit on the too violent ( hit someone in the face with a spade and they don't get up ) but its fun - one of many - but fun and doesn't love a girl in a teeny weeny bikini?
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on 8 February 2016
An old fashioned, you could write the script movie! Grab a bottle of vino and a packet of Revels girls cause Matthew (and Kate) are looking HOT in this feel good film ;)
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Matthew McConaughey goes shirtless
2. Kate Hudson channels her mom
3. He's irresponsible
4. She's determined
5. They're divorced
6. They're going treasure hunting
7. You can guess the ending before watching the opening credits

In other words, there's nothing new about this light and ditzy treasure hunting romp that plays heavily on stereotyping and McConaughey's shirtless bod.

The legend behind the treasure is interesting enough. Forty chests of gold and jewels, destined to be a dowry fit for an eighteenth century queen, was lost without a trace during the hurricane season of 1715. Finn (McConaughey) and Tess (Hudson) had been searching for it for years, until an accidental discovery clues them in that they're finally on the right track.

With the exception of Donald Sutherland, the movie loses momentum whenever the supporting actors are on-screen and the burden of the caricaturized characters sink the movie even deeper than the plotline.

The action scenes were good, especially at the end, and although there is violence, most of it is off camera. A couple of swear words and a few naughty scenes make for a PG-13 movie that should be found guilty of breach of promise.

Amanda Richards
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on 18 December 2015
amazing thank you so much
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on 7 February 2016
Love these two - Kate & Matthew - always bring fun and romance - easy to watch - great chick flick!!!!!
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