Fools Gold

Theatrical Release: February 8, 2008
Fools Gold


Ben “Finn” Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is a good-natured, surf bum-turned-treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queen’s Dowry-40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) and his more-rusty-than-trusty salvage boat, “Booty Calls.” Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasure’s whereabouts. Certain that his luck will change with the newfound information, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigel’s yacht and, using his good-natured charm, convinces the tycoon and his Blackberry-wielding, celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish treasure. Against Tess’ better judgment, the search rekindles her love…of discovery. But they are not the only ones after the treasure. Finn’s mentor-turned-nemesis Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) has also set out to claim the prize.

Let the treasure hunt begin…

Dove Review

“Fool’s Gold” had a real potential for being a fun upbeat treasure hunt film. Unfortunately, the good times were marred by frequent foul language and sexual situations. At times the movie moved very slowly and at others, it raced ahead rather quickly. This herky-jerky pace made it difficult to watch.

Needless nudity and over-the-top slapstick humor were also noteworthy items that could have been left on the cutting room floor. Due to the excessive qualities of this film, Dove does not find this to be a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sexually suggestive dialog; a divorced couple kiss and grope in the basement of a church - afterwords acknowledge that they had sex in the church.
Language: OG/OMG-24; S-17; H-8; A-5; GD-4; D-4; BS-2; SOB-2; B-2; J-1; Slang for male genitalia-2
Violence: Man shot in foot; man shot in ear; man shot to death; men and women struck several times with various instruments; man shot through a blow hole by water - blood but nothing graphic; a great deal of slapstick violence.
Drugs: Several scenes of drinking.
Nudity: Scantily clad women throughout; rear male nudity; frontal upper female nudity.
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: John Claflin and Daniel Zelman
Director: Andy Tennant
Producer: Donald De Line
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 112 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe