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    ‘Fool’s Gold’ a half-hearted treasure

    Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in Fools Gold. Sadly, the film is not a documentary on pyrite.
    Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in ‘Fool’s Gold.’ Sadly, the film is not a documentary on pyrite.

    After watching the ultra-tan Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson laugh, make out and hunt for treasure on the fun-filled previews for “”Fool’s Gold,”” I was pretty psyched to see the film. The movie itself, unfortunately, is a lot slower than the previews give away.

    McConaughey and Hudson, teaming up again after the success of “”How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,”” haven’t lost their on-screen chemistry. Both have good comedic timing and rockin’ bodies, which don’t hurt either. They play Benjamin and Tess Finnegan, a couple in the midst of a divorce who are reunited in their hunt for the ultimate treasure.

    “”Fool’s Gold””
    Rated PG-13 – 110 Mins. – Warner Bros.
    3 1/2 stars

    Their quest is aided by the über-wealthy Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), his dense, vacuous socialite daughter, Gemma Honeycutt (Alexis Dziena), and their Ukrainian sidekick Alfonz (Ewen Bremner).

    The unlikely crew travel to an undisclosed island in the Caribbean, owned by a rapper and sometimes-greedy mobster Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart). Also in search of this treasure is a gang of local seamen from Key West, Fla., led by Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone).

    Fitch, the Finnegan clan and Bigg Bunny are all in search of the queen’s dowry, a treasure lost after a shipwreck in the 18th century. After the Spanish ship sank during a hurricane, the only surviving sailor hid the gold, emeralds and rubies on the island and then lied about it.

    Tess, a refreshingly intelligent leading female character, uncovers this mystery of the ship’s origin and wreck over many years with Benjamin. Their search leads them to Spain, church graveyards and countless reefs, but they remain relentless, as treasure hunting is their only shared interest besides gettin’ it on. Tess is the brains of the operation and Benjamin the brawn, and together they keep getting closer and closer to a huge pay day. They just have to prevent Bigg Bunny and Moe Fitch from reaching the treasure first.

    The film takes a sluggish hour to put the characters and plot in place before any action actually occurs. The last 30 minutes are fast-paced and more violent than the usual romantic comedy, however, as well as fairly action-packed.

    While the beginning was dull and difficult to get through, Hudson and McConaughey are likable as usual, and a romantic comedy filled with gunfights, plane crashes and one scary “”blow hole”” were enough to keep me interested. The colorful minor characters also held my attention and kept me laughing – my favorites were the cooks on Honeycutt’s yacht, a bearded, middle-aged gay couple.

    “”Fool’s Gold”” is a fairly average film overall, but the actors are well-suited for their roles. The combination of romance, semi-witty puns, bare bodies and violence make it a nearly perfect date movie for any Valentine’s Day.

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