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Fool’s Gold also known as “Fools Gold”span>

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

Very Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Teens, Adults
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
1 hr. 53 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 8, 2008 (wide)
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Featuring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner, Roger Sciberras, Brian Hooks, Ray Winstone, Alexis Dziena, Kevin Hart, Valentino del Toro, Jason Dundas, Todd Lasance, Nicholas Cooper
Director: Andy Tennant
Hitch,” “Ever After,” “Sweet Home Alabama
Producer: Donald De Line, Jim Dyer, Bernie Goldmann, Jon Klane, Wink Mordaunt
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.

“This February true love takes a dive.”

The chemistry between Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey was in the forefront in advertising “Fool’s Gold.” Producers were hoping to repeat the enormous success of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” While Hudson and McConaughey still have drawing power onscreen, this movie is washed out from having any sizzle. The audience is left with a dragged-out, cheesy film.

In the story, Tess and Ben “Finn” Finnegan are getting divorced. Both were treasure hunters, and Tess is tired of Finn’s obsession and lack of status. To start her life over again, Tess gets a job as a stewardess on the yacht of millionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland). Finn remains obsessed with finding the Queen’s Dowry—forty chests of gold and jewelry lost at sea in 1715. In order to finance his quest, Finn gets assistance from some loan sharks. Once he finds an 18th century artifact, pinpointing the general area of the treasure, the criminals attempt to kill Finn and find the treasure for themselves.

Broke and stranded, Finn sees an anchored yacht as his last chance at finding the Queen’s Dowry. After saving the heiress’ hat, Finn finds himself on the yacht, befriending a thankful Nigel Honeycutt. Much to the dismay of Tess, Finn is able to convince the millionaire to join him in hunting for the treasure before the hoodlums locate it.

The movie suffers greatly from indecisiveness. “Fool’s Gold” tries to conquer two genres: romantic comedy and action/adventure. It sadly fails at both. The romantic scenes between Tess and Finn are few and far between. People expecting another romantic comedy between the two talented actors will be strongly disappointed. When the scenes do arrive, they are unbelievable and lack charm or humor. I heard few chuckles from the audience throughout the film. Once Tess’ bickering ended and a tender moment would begin, the tempo of the movie would immediately shift into the long, boring treasure quest. The hunt has absolutely no surprise twist or turns; the journey is tediously laid out with the character’s toured dialogue.

Director Andy Tennant wanted to guarantee that viewers knew exactly what the Queen’s Dowry was. He explains the treasure’s history in about three paragraphs in the opening sequence. However, it is all painstakingly repeated in prosaic, annoying scenes. While Tess and Finn are awed in remembrance, as they tell Nigel Honeycutt the befuddling times and dates, I found myself feeling as if I were sitting in a college lecture: bored and confused.

This movie is permeated with profanity and misuses of the Lord’s name. It seems as long as the certain, warranted R-rated profanity is avoided, films lately have been heaping up their dialogue with excessive profanities. In total, I counted over 40 curse words (20 sh*t, 5 GD, 5 a*s, 3 h*ll, 4 SOBs, 2 d**n, 2 b**tards). They also used 3 BS as they tried to pay homage to Hudson’s and McConaughey’s “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” card game. No one in the crowd laughed, including myself.

The Lord’s name is also said in vain at least 32 times. These misuses are used without regard in almost all action scenes and regular conversations.

Sex is used in abundance. The dialogue is filled with sexual references and jokes. Tess says she just married Finn “for the sex.” Honeycutt’s daughter is an obvious spoof of Paris Hilton. She is very dumb, and her only objective is to be the ditzy heiress who wears very revealing clothes. Her attire leaves very little to the imagination. In one scene, a sword lands between her legs, the camera lingers in an up-close crotch shot.

Cleavage is shown throughout the movie. As one would expect, skimpy bikinis are common, as is low-cut attire. Most shockingly, a woman flashes McConaughey’s character before she drives away in her boat. She removes her entire bikini top, and the camera stays just long enough for the viewer to view her entire breasts. I was offended, but not very surprised to see this in a PG-13 movie. Sadly, PG-13 movies are now becoming the new “R”.

[Nudity—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer]

The movie also shows violence and a fair amount of blood. A criminal’s foot is shot, a piece of an ear is clipped off by a gun shot, and Finn is beaten on more than one occasion. Tess also hits a man with a rock, and he, in turn, punches her unconscious.

“Fool’s Gold” does illustrate what true, biblical love should be about. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Paul wrote:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

From the beginning of the movie, Finn never wants to divorce Tess and proclaims his love for her. He even tries to stop her from divorcing him during the divorce meeting. Through the film, Finn proves his love again and again by risking his own life to save Tess’. He is always kind, protective, and hopeful toward Tess.

Tess’ love for Finn, however, is never convincing. She never shows the true Biblical definition of love. During their divorce meeting, Tess selfishly tells her lawyer she married Finn because of the great sex. Throughout the entire movie, she complains over and over again about Finn’s minor flaws. At one point, she even blames Finn and the state of Florida for ruining her life. Her lawyer quickly corrects her and wisely says, “No, you ruined your own life.”

People will often blame God and others for all situations in their lives. However, we are all responsible for our own sins and their consequences, in James 1:13-14 it says:

When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey have strong, on-screen chemistry. However, they could not save this film; it is an all-around failure. The creators did succeed in squeezing in much offense. For the above reasons, I do not and cannot recommend “Fool’s Gold.” Avoid taking your kids to see this filthy movie. If you want a clean, fast action/adventure movie, go see the new “National Treasure.”

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Okay, I totally respect people's opinions. But people have to realize that movies today are not all going to be 100% “clean.” …I am a strong believer, but I believe that if you see a movie like “Fool's Gold,” it wouldn't weaken your faith in anyway. I just don't understand why everyone has to be so critical. … This movie was very sweet, it had romance, adventure and suspense, all in one. It did go a little slow at first but it eventually inclined with interesting points. …Although I do not recomend this movie to young children.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Chrissy, age 18
Negative—I …saw this movie last night with my Grandma. As she put it, she wouldn't tell her friends to go see it. It ended up being just a way to kill a couple hours on a Friday night—and, unfortunately, the best choice among the movies (4) that were playing. On a technical note, at least in the theater where we viewed it, it was very hard to hear. The music would drown out the dialog at times. It was almost like the actors were mumbling during the soft dialog. I'm not going to give a complete breakdown of everything—just a few things that stood out to me. First off there were continual sexual jokes. Verbal and visual. Nigel Honeycutt's (Donald Sutherland) two chefs on his boat are gay. It's suspected in the beginning of the movie. Then confirmed at the end by their actions. They also add many sexual jokes to the movie. In the middle of the movie where Ben ‘Finn’ Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is explaining the history of the treasure to Nigel, I seriously about fell asleep. It was VERY slow and also a bit hard to follow. Throughout the theater there were some moments of laughter. As far as being a comedy, I found myself amused maybe 3 times. It seemed like the filmakers were trying to hard to get a laugh at some times in the film that it just seemed cheesy to me. So in the end. I wouldn't recommend spending your money to see it in the theater. If you are a fan of Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson and are dying to see it, wait till it comes out on DVD.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Emily, age 26
Negative—Absolutely awful. I shouldn't expect to see a woman revealing her breasts in a PG-13 movie, nor should viewers be subject to the graphic audio from a sex scene.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Taylor, age 22
Negative—I would not suggest this movie to anyone. There was a scene that was like Girls Gone Wild. What are we trying to show our young girls these days? The movie was drawn out and the whole time through out I was just wondering when is it going to end.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Ashley, age 18
Positive—Hello everyone, recently my fiancé and I saw this movie on Valentine's Day expecting a sweet, funny and action style movie, something simular to National Treasure. Personally I found the movie to be a good there were a few things I would like to bring to your attention. There are two nudity scenes, one being a random girl flashes her chest when Matthew is out at sea in the first 15min of the film and the next is a scene towards the end you seen Matthew's rear after he had removed his scuba gear and swimming trunks. The phrase GD was mentioned roughly 3-4 times throughout the movie and there is perverse talk in a few scenes. Also, there is a scene which has a brief sex scene as a flashback in a library, doesn't show anything except legs and sounds which weren't very exciting. Aside from those factors it was a good movie the story line was expected in all reality but yet humorous and entertaining. I view this movie as the Adult National Treasure and don't recommend this movie for teens, youth groups, and even for myself. I hope this helps in some way for the individual questioning the view of this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Conrad Francis, age 22
Negative—This site gives a very good critic of this movie so I won't repeat it. What to me is bothersome about the content is how we become more and more callous to it. Refrences to sex, homosexuality, coarse language and the lack of any moral standards are increasingly present in films and we as Christians have a tendency to, even though it offends us, justify it's presence for the sake of entertainment. I really like this genre of film and Matthew McConaughey as an actor. It's to bad to see them rely on content that historically does not improve the quality or draw of good films. Again, I feel this is one I would have been better to have passed up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1½
—Tom, age 55
Negative—I went to see this with my 14 yr old daughter. I wish I would have walked out. The gay men get too much props and the cursing was horriable. I told my friends not to see it and if they needed to they should wait and watch it on guardian DVD players. The flash of the breast should have given that movie an R rating.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Val, age 36
Negative—Urrrhhhh, this movie was awful! The jokes were predictable, the story line was weak, there was nothing original in this movie. I wasted my time, which is worth much more than the movie ticket, on this one. There was no depth to the characters and it was sad that the marriage in the movie had only been held together becuase of the sex.
Bad, bad, bad movie, don't waste your time or money on this.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Hayley, age 26
Negative—I watched this movie on TV last night with my boyfriend, there was so much swearing and women dressed immodestly, I wish we hadn't even started it. After the woman had shown her breasts though I knew I had seen enough, we changed the channel after that. I was so sad that Charlie was there with me, and had seen all that too. Why was that a PG-13 movie? It should have been R. This world is getting so filthy! Why does society accept a woman bare-breasted now when would have been arrested for that 70 years ago? It is so hard to find a man that is clean and pure and chaste in mind and heart when they are constantly exposed to movie scenes like this. And even if there was a good message about not divorcing I think that the bad in the movie ruined that and made it counter-productive. It was so horribly wrong and sinful, so far from what Jesus teaches us.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Justine, age 21 (USA)