When their friend Billy dies, three of his friends decide to complete a quest they had dreamt of as kids. Setting out into the wilderness with a map left by Billy, the three hope to find famed airline hijacker D.B. Cooper’s lost money.
Dax Shepard (Tom), Matthew Lillard (Jerry), Seth Green (Dan), Ethan Suplee (Elwood), Abraham Benrubi (Dennis), Rachel Blanchard (Flower), Burt Reynolds (Del), Antony Starr (Billy), Nadine Bernecker (Angie).
Without a Paddle begins by showing us how the four main characters were best friends when young, and their separation as they got older. Jumping to present day and Billy’s death the film starts revealing the plot and the action begins. The story is a bit ridiculous, and the situations the three friends encounter are even more ridiculous. (Sexy tree dwelling women anyone?). But if you can suspend reality for a while the story is fun and maintains a good pace throughout.
Acting is a bit campy but fit the film well. Shepard was fun as always, as were Lillard and Green, and the three seemed to work well together. Add Suplee and Benrubi as pot-growing redneck antagonists and the comedy goes up a notch. Reynolds was an interesting addition and did nicely for his part, as did the remainder of the supporting cast.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and the scenery was enjoyable. Stunts and effects were fun and fit the film well. Dialogue was campy with a few bits of drama to keep it real. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Without a Paddle is a enjoyable, silly, campy, action comedy with a nice mix of humor and action. The film is obviously aimed at teens who should enjoy it. Those hoping for depth, intelligence, or a solid plot will likely be disappointed.
Some drug use, sexual content, adult language and humor, and some violence, but in all this should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedies, Adventures
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