Fool's Gold (2008)

# 14959 IMDb PG-13 

Fool's Gold (2008

taglineThis February True Love Takes a Dive.

Director: Andy Tennant

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Ray Winstone, Ewen Bremner, Donald Sutherland, Kate Hudson

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller (1h 52min)


Rated 5.7 after 67,543 votes, 29% postive reviews on 26-Jan-19.

5 nominations


Benjamin Finnegan is a deep-sea treasure hunter certain he's onto the find of the century in waters near an island close to Key West owned by a murderous rap star to whom Ben is in debt. Ben's flat broke and recently divorced from Tess, his long-time research and diving partner whom he still loves. She's nearby, working as a steward aboard the yacht of Nigel Honeycutt, a multimillionaire. The rapper has hired a rival treasurer hunter. Can Ben convince Nigel to bankroll his search, convince Tess to work with him, keep the rapper and his thugs at bay, and find a Spanish treasure hidden for centuries and rich beyond imagination?


Andy Tennant (director) Matthew McConaughey Kate Hudson Donald Sutherland Alexis Dziena Ewen Bremner Ray Winstone

Matthew McConaughey (Finn), Kate Hudson (Tess), Donald Sutherland (Nigel Honeycutt), Alexis Dziena (Gemma Honeycutt), Ewen Bremner (Alfonz), Ray Winstone (Moe Fitch), Kevin Hart (Bigg Bunny), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Cordell), Brian Hooks (Curtis), David Roberts (Cyrus), Michael Mulheren (Eddie), Adam LeFevre (Gary), Rohan Nichol (Stefan), Roger Sciberras (Andras), Elizabeth Connolly (Precious Gem Crew Nurse), Harli Ames (Precious Gem Crew Member 1 (as Ali Ammouchi)), Tom O'Sullivan (Precious Gem Crew Member 2), Eddie Ritchard (Precious Gem Crew Woman (as Edwina Ritchard)), Duncan Young (Jim), Luke Pegler (Young), Xavier Fernandez (Petruchio), Ra Mel El (Moe's Diver (as A. Ramel El)), Nicholas Cooper (Moe's Diver), Andrew Allen (Moe's Diver), Glenn Suter (Moe's Diver), Peter Whitford (Judge), Laurence Coy (Finn's Attorney), Linda Cropper (Tess' Attorney), Clementine Heath (Co-Ed Girl 1), Ashley Cheadle (Co-Ed Girl 2), Jason Dundas (Frat Boy 1), Todd Lasance (Frat Boy 2), Ray Bull (Vicar), Valentino del Toro (Barman Key West), Frank Turner (Old Man 1), Bill Watson (Old Man 2), Henry Browne (Bartender Topsail Cay (as Henry Browne Jr.)), Laura Collier (Bar Girl (uncredited)), Hannah Hutchins (Hannah (uncredited)), Tim Oliver Koenig (Precious Gem Crew Member (uncredited))...

From the same director


John Claflin (screenplay), Daniel Zelman (screenplay), Andy Tennant (screenplay), John Claflin (story), Daniel Zelman (story)

Produced by

Donald De Line (producer), James Dyer (executive producer (as James R. Dyer)), Bernie Goldmann (producer), Stephen Jones (co-producer), Jon Klane (producer), Wink Mordaunt (executive producer)



For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this movie is getting as lousy reviews as it is. I walked out of the theatre quite pleased; even if this movie will not get an Oscar, it earned the price of my ticket. It's campy, silly, and bright, and there is nothing like a fluffy romp around the sunny islands to cure those winter blues.

Admittedly, it's a contrived, predictable mystery, but that proves to be the focus rather than the romantic comedy that was promoted. But in the spirit of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, it's a spunky predictable mystery. No, the characters were not all complex, but at least the powers that be went to the trouble of making them entertaining and personable.

I liked the idea of looking for sunken treasure. I liked the upbeat island soundtrack. I liked the funny characters. I liked the pretty scenes and the silly lines. I liked the random explosions and fight scenes, as pleasantly ridiculous as they were.

Kate and Matthew have the chemistry they had in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days". They have the sunny dispositions to pull off a mindless-but-fun storyline and to work with a wacky cast.

It's mind candy in all its fluffy goodness.

Memorable quotes

On Screen Text: [first lines, the text that appears on screen] On July 24th, 1715, in celebration of the marriage of King Philip of Spain, the largest treasure fleet in maritime history set sail from Havana, Cuba.
On Screen Text: The 500 million dollars worth of gold, silver and jewels came to be known as The Queen's Dowry.
On Screen Text: Unfortunately, in his eagerness to consummate the marriage, King Philip ordered the fleet to sail at the worst time of year.
On Screen Text: And so, the great galleons, heavy with their sparkling cargo, sailed straight into a massive hurricane...
On Screen Text: ...and were never seen again.

12 total 


Production was delayed when an infestation of deadly box jellyfish kept Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson out of the water.

13 total 


5 nominations 
Golden Trailer Awards • International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) • Razzie Awards • Teen Choice Awards • World Stunt Awards

Other titles

Amor y tesoro (Argentina; Mexico) • Златна възможност (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Um Amor de Tesouro (Brazil) • Chasse au trésor (Canada (French title)) • Bláznovo zlato (Czech Republic) • Ein Schatz zum Verlieben (Germany) • Narri aare (Estonia) • Como locos... a por el oro (Spain) • Fool's Gold - Kultaakin kalliimpaa (Finland (TV title)) • L'amour de l'or (France) • Prosehos... zamploutoi (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Προσεχώς... ζάμπλουτοι (Greece) • Nije zlato sve što sja (Croatia) • Bolondok aranya (Hungary) • Tutti pazzi per l'oro (Italy) • Nie wszystko zloto, co sie swieci (Poland) • O Tesouro Encalhado (Portugal) • Aurul nebunilor (Romania) • Lovac na blago (Serbia) • Золото дураков (Russia) • Ni vse zlato, kar se sveti (Slovenia) • Altin sans (Turkey (Turkish title)) • Золото дурнiв (Ukraine)



Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language


Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Canada:PG / Finland:K-13 / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIA / Ireland:12A / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:10 / Switzerland:10 / United Kingdom:12A / United States:PG-13



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