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Without a Paddle

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Seth Green, Without a Paddle
Without a Paddle: Simon Cardwell

Without a Paddle

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
99 minutes
Wide Release Date:
08/20/04
performer:
Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Rachel Blanchard, Christina Moore, Burt Reynolds
director:
Steven Brill
author:
Harris Goldberg, Jay Leggett
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Without a Paddle sets three childhood pals — Jerry (Matthew Lillard), Dan (Seth Green), and Tom (Dax Shepard), each developmentally delayed in his own special way — on a woodsy, ”Goonies”-esque treasure hunt to manhood. They make the usual pit stops (har-har homoeroticism, bears), but the boys’ relaxed buddy dynamic lifts the charm quotient above average. There are some genuinely clever moments of physical comedy, and the inevitable crudeness is offset by winning whimsy. Without has all the freshness of moldering Playboys stashed under a mattress, but it evokes what few boys-will-be-boys larks can: chumminess.

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