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Without a Paddle (2004)

After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood dream by going on a camping expedition for the lost D. B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

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Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. Written by Film_Fan

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The call of the wild, the thrill of adventure. The mistake of a lifetime. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material, language, crude humor and some violence | See all certifications »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,528,946 (USA) (20 August 2004)

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$58,156,435 (USA) (7 January 2005)
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Dax Shepard, Seth Green, and Matthew Lillard all did a majority of their own stunts. See more »

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After the funeral, Tom, Jerry and Dan go back to their old tree house. They find their old treasure box and the camera shows a shot of the box with the lock in the hole but clearly unlocked. Then the say that they can not get into the box but Dan tells them the combination and then they say that the combination worked even though it had clearly been unlocked before he tried the combination. See more »

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Dan Mott: [after Tom had offered to distract Dennis and Elwood instead of Jerry] Give 'em hell, Tommy
Tom Marshall: [about to rapple down the tree] This Hellmart's open for business, and I'm slashing prices.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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by Bubba Sparxxx (as Warren Anderson Mathis), Tim Mosley (as Timothy Z. Mosley),
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Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains excerpts from "Stone Fox Chase"
by Kenneth Buttrey & Charlie McCoy
Performed by Area Code 615
Courtesy of Universal Music
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Predictable and forgettable, but lots of fun
16 October 2004 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

What sounds like your average, everyday sort of male bonding roadtrip film is essentially...well, just that, in fact. Three childhood friends (Seth Green, Matthew Lilard, Dax Sheppard) reunite at a friend's funeral, and go off on a camping trip downstream to try and find the lost treasure they always dreamed of finding in their youth in his honour. They promptly and predictably fall into all sorts of mishaps in the wild and really give a bad reputation to man's survival ethic.

This kind of comedy is always somewhat stifled when a life lesson is included: in the case of Without a paddle the message is 'Appreciate the life you have...you never know how long it will last'. Unfortunately, we go to a film like this to be entertained, not for morals, and its inclusion merely deters from the fun.

The three leads are what make the film decently funny: Seth Green is excellent as he begrudgingly reveals his various phobias from everything from the dark to ceran wrap. ('I'm afraid it might get stuck over my head, it's very sticky) Matthew Lilard puts his wide range of comic facial expressions to good use, and Dax Shepard is always a source of laughs as the tough-guy slacker of the group.

The comedic material is mostly original stuff, but there's nothing outstanding to be seen, apart from a few memorable moments. (one finds Dax Shepard riding his motorcycle into the graveyard at the burial of his friend, and bellowing out to the funeral attendees 'Where did you guys park?') The inclusion of Burt Reynolds' crazy mountain man is a comedic plus, but the nature loving hippy-girls and uncouth drug traffickers which pop up periodically aren't as funny as they should be. In fact, such can be said for the entire movie.

The odd laugh will definitely turn up, but there are many better comedies around, so unless you're simply up for an evening of mostly forgettable fun, you might want to leave Without a Paddle wallowing in the shallows.

6.5/10


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