Without a Paddle

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Without a Paddle has a few laughs, but not enough to sustain its running time.



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Just as the old saying goes, a trio of hapless city-dwelling friends (Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Shepard) find themselves spiraling out of control up a very brown river in this raucous comedy from Little Nicky director Steven Brill. Heading out for a weekend canoe trip in search of an elusive 200,000-dollar treasure, the trio must contend with everything from raging rapids to backwoods mountain men if they're ever going to uncover the secret of the missing booty.


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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (108)

  • While striving for a bit of liberalism (ain't we City types the real stoopid ones) almost every scene then throws in the towel and falls back on a clutch of unfunny country-livin' clichés.

    Dec 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ali Catterall

    Top Critic
  • Without has all the freshness of moldering Playboys stashed under a mattress, but it evokes what few boys-will-be-boys larks can: chumminess.

    Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • How do you siphon the laffs from a surefire gut-busting premise like city slickers stuck in the sticks? ... you assemble a cut-rate Three Stooges, inject tired '80s nostalgia and some moralistic goo about carpe-ing the diem.

    Aug 25, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Think Road Trip meets City Slickers. Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.

    Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Forget being up a raging creek without a paddle, these poor losers are lost in a wilderness that permits no comedy.

    Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Without a Paddle wants to fascinate us with our own repulsion, and the wraparound, absurdly sentimental story is there to fill space between obvious and appalling sight gags.

    Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Without a Paddle

  • Jul 24, 2012
    Comedic version of Deliverance where three childhood friends set out into the woodlands of America to search for a lost briefcase filled with money. The film is actually light on humour and high on sentiment. The themes are hammered into us, and are actually just spoken out loud. "Life, that IS the treasure". Despite this, when it is funny it gets some big laughs. All the scenes are episodic, with the trio meeting a threatening bear, some hillbillies, a mountain man, and some hippies in a tree. The film relies too much on the men being uncomfortable with homosexuality. Burt Reynolds shows up to pay homage to Deliverance, but doesn't completely embarrass himself or shame the film. Perhaps the wig and make-up helped. I'm always going to laugh at stoned animals so it had that going for it. The locations were often stunning, which helped in the long pauses between jokes. Quick and enjoyable, it never really angered me and it kept me interested.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2011
    This is one of those comedies that though not perfect, are still very entertaining and fun. Though it isn't a perfect film, Without a Paddle is a fun, comedy that has plenty of things to offer. This is overall a mindless comedy that anyone can enjoy. Not excellent by any means, but really fun, Without a Paddle is one of those films that you can watch with friends for a good, entertaining evening. If you're looking for a mindless amusing film, look no further than Without a Paddle. I find that this film is underrated, and though not perfect; it's a good buddy adventure comedy that does deliver good laughs and a fun viewing experience. Sure the film could have been better, but for the most part, Without a Paddle succeeds at being a decent comedy to watch, and it's not as bad as what you'd expect it would be. I laughed many times while watching this, and the cast are pretty good considering. Seth Green is always fun to watch, and he makes me laugh every time. I wouldn't recommend Without a Paddle to everyone, but those looking for a simple, mindless fun comedy; this is the perfect film to watch. The film is pure fun, and has plenty of gags to enjoy. I very much enjoyed the simplistic story, and the film overall has a good heart, and I think viewers can forgive its imperfections because in the end, Without a Paddle is a harmless whimsical comedy that can make you smile.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2011
    I guess it's The Hangover in a completely different setting. You have Seth Green playing a doctor "the smart guy", a chilled and relaxed, rebellious guy and a not so smart, unusual guy. They are all man child characters in this very uniquely made comedy and I think it had more than enough laughs to keep one entertained. Especially with the very enthusiastic actors, I saw a lot of dedication and passion in their hilarious performances.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2011
    A poorly told, laughably acted, attempt at humour.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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