"Fool's Gold" reunites Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in romantic comedy lead roles similar to, but different from, the ones they shared in "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days."
This time they are far away from big city life and we find them in haunts like Key West and other parts of the Caribbean.
McConaughey plays Ben "Finn" Finnegan, on the outside a loveable, always-in-debt beach bum, but at heart an intelligent all-consumed 21st century lost treasure hunter.
His wife Tess (Hudson) finally gives up on Finn's lack of real life responsibility and we find her in the courthouse for the final decree on their divorce hearing, a step she is reluctant to take, but realizes she must if she is to get her life back together.
The reason Finn is late for his own divorce is he has found evidence that a legendary 18th century Spanish treasure is nearby. But the local bad guys (including Theo Huxtable from "The Cosby Show") are out to eliminate Finn and take the treasure for themselves.
To the rescue comes Billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland with an English accent) and his not-so-bright daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena), along with a huge yacht and funding to help locate the sunken treasure.
The race is on to see who can find the gold and jewels first and not end up at the bottom of the sea.
To enjoy this movie, you have to take it for what it is -- Simple entertainment!
It offers plenty of pleasing "eye candy" -- be it the actors themselves or the beautiful ocean scenery and underwater action. The story is set in the Caribbean, but most of the filming is actually done in Australia.
There are many very funny one-liners sprinkled throughout the dialogue that keep you chuckling throughout, and even the action and chase scenes have you just a bit on the edge of your seat.
I did find the explanation of how the treasure came to be and how it got to where it was, to be too drawn out and convoluted. The intricacy of the details and the long explanation provided by Finn was not necessary for a movie like this.
If you are looking for a fun movie that will take your mind off reality for about two hours, this is it.