Critics Consensus: Gold is a Fool's Paradise, Roscoe is Not Welcome

Also: Vince Vaughn hits bumps on his comedic road trip.

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This week at the movies, we've got treasure hunters (Fool's Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson), awkward reunions (Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, starring Martin Lawrence and Mo'Nique), and a stand-up road trips (Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show). What do the critics have to say?

They say all that glitters ain't gold -- and critics say Fool's Gold gives off almost no shine whatsoever. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as a divorced couple who reunite to hunt for sunken treasure; danger and wacky antics ensue. The pundits say Fool's Gold is aptly titled, with a ludicrous plot, non-existent chemistry between the leads, wildly inconsistent tonal shifts, and a sense of "been there, done that" throughout. At seven percent on the Tomatometer, Fool's Gold is the cinematic equivalent of pyrite -- or perhaps pumice. And it's definitely a step down from the stars' previous collaboration, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, at 42 percent. (Check out RT's examination of notable treasure hunt movies here.)


"The Allman Brothers are playing in Providence this week, Philly next week, D.C. the week after that.."

As Morrissey once said, we hate it when our friends become successful. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is about a successful guy who's hated by his family -- and though critics say it has its moments, it doesn't totally cohere. Martin Lawrence stars as the titular character, an obnoxious self-help guru who returns home for his parents' golden anniversary -- and finds that his family is eager to cut him down to size. The pundits say Roscoe Jenkins has its share of flaws, not least of which is an over-reliance on weather-beaten slapstick. But others note the movie features spirited work from a skilled supporting cast, and some surprising humanity beneath the crass jokes. At 50 percent on the Tomatomter, this one's getting a lukewarm Welcome.


"Yep. Your house has scurvy."

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights -- Hollywood to the Heartland has a title that makes Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood seem like a paragon of restraint. And critics say it's indicative of a documentary that doesn't quite know when to quit. The movie follows the amiable Vaughn and a group of up-and-coming comedians on a month-long, 6,000 mile tour across America. The pundits say when the film focuses on the stage show, it's a blast. However, they also say there are few too many diversions and backstage banter on this trip. At 52 percent on the Tomatometer, this one's a little too much West and not enough Wild.


"Did you ever know that you're my hero-o-o?"

Also opening this week in limited release:


"Paris Hilton was saluditorian?"

Finally, it's time for props distribution: livewire24 and BladeoftheImmortal came the closest to guessing The Eye's 19 percent Tomatometer, and bluestar2000 came the closest to guessing Strange Wilderness' zero percent Tomatometer.

Recent Kate Hudson Movies:
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22% -- You Me and Dupree (2006)
39% -- The Skeleton Key (2005)
22% -- Raising Helen (2004)
42% -- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
11% -- Alex and Emma (2003)

Recent Martin Lawrence Movies:
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15% -- Wild Hogs (2007)
5% -- Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
48% -- Open Season (2006)
13% -- Rebound (2005)
13% -- National Security (2003)

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