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When three guys set out to fulfill their boyhood dreams of finding long-lost ransom money somewhere in the Oregon wilderness, they take a canoe upriver and everything that can go wrong does. Hunted by two crazed backwoods farmers, they encounter a bear that eats their cell phone, death-defying rapids, tree-hugging hippie chicks and an eccentric old mountain man who might lead them back to safety.. . or shoot them.
Adventure Comedy - As expected, it's a gross out teen comedy with quite a bit of sexual
talk and some drugs. However, the gross out scenes are held to a
minimum and the sexual stuff is pretty tame, at least for a teen
comedy, and it's VERY FUNNY. I mean laugh-out-loud funny in nearly a
dozen scenes, which is very rare. And the humor is the type that
should appeal to a wider audience than just teens.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 GD's, 15 S-word, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Quite a few sexual remarks/innuendoes. No nudity. VIOLENCE: Some gunplay and threats of violence. All played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene where they get high in a marijuana field as it burns. ACTION: Just some wilderness action (rapids) and some foot chase scenes. COMEDY: Very Funny for all ages! I counted 25 chuckles and 10 big laughs.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Poor "Without a Paddle" is so bad that it will annoy and/or bore those who have minimal standards and a high tolerance for sewage. This is such an affront to good cinematic taste that those involved should find themselves unable to work in Hollywood for a long time. And the best thing for the potential consumer to do is to avoid it during its hopefully brief theatrical run and when it makes its appearance on video store shelves. Let the flies buzz around it instead.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think "Road Trip" meets "City Slickers." Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left "Without a Paddle." Real laughs that aren't centered on bodily functions or altered states are few and far between.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 139 moviegoer opinions. The first thing I noticed is the large number of "Fantastic" opinions from every group. It's expected for the younger crowd to rate this type of movie high, but when adult males and females rate it "Fantastic" and "Excellent," that's says to me that "Without a Paddle" has a much broader audience than just teens.
What's also very important is the relatively few low opinions. This is unusual for this type of movie and indicates a movie most will enjoy, at least to some degree.
Go See "Without A Paddle." You'll Be Glad You Did.
When childhood buddies Dan (Seth Green), a successful but neurotic doctor; Jerry (Matthew Lillard), a business high-flier on the edge of burnout; and Tom (Dax Shepard), a Harley-riding wild child; reunite in Oregon at their friend Billy's funeral, their reunion kicks off more than a little nostalgia. While reminiscing in their childhood tree house, the trio discovers that Billy had been pursuing their boyhood dreams of finding legendary bank robber DB Cooper's $200,000 stash. Now with the map Billy left behind and a cereal box compass, Dan, Jerry and Tom decide to fulfill their friend's dream and go on a canoe trip to find Cooper's cash.
But when they find themselves hassled by the sheriff at "the corner of Podunk and you-got-a-purty-mouth," treed by a huge brown bear who mistakes one of them for her cub, chased by vicious Rottweilers named Lynyrd and Skynyrd, hunted as prey by pot farmers whose crop they accidentally destroy, and battling terrifying rapids down a raging river in a canoe about to plummet over a waterfall, they begin to wonder which of their ideas was worse searching in the wilderness for Cooper's cash, or believing it ever existed in the first place.