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A strong performance from Matthew McConaughey fails to dispel the sour taste of this loosely fact-based story, set in the 1980s, about the zigzagging fortunes of the scrappy Nevada prospector he plays. Joining forces with a more sophisticated geologist (Edgar Ramirez), the miner braves the jungles of Indonesia to claim the largest gold strike of the decade. But all, of course, is not as it appears. A seedy atmosphere and a low moral tone in the boardroom are matched by an ongoing but unhallowed bedroom relationship between the protagonist and his live-in girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard). Additionally, screenwriters Patrick Massett and John Zinman embed their script with a motherlode of vulgarity, making director Stephen Gaghan's salute to entrepreneurial grit unfit for most.


Watch out for: Cohabitation, nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, rear and partial nudity, frequent use of profanity, pervasive rough and crude language, a couple of obscene gestures.


Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R


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