Without a Paddle

Without a Paddle

4.2 14
Director: Steven Brill

Cast: Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard


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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 withSee more details below


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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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unashamedly filching its basic premise from City Slickers, this lowbrow comedy succeeds thanks to its three protagonists, who spend the entire movie falling into holes (literally as well as figuratively) and clambering out of them. Matthew Lillard, Seth Green, and Dax Shepard play Philadelphia-based pals who decide to fulfill a boyhood ambition after another friend abruptly dies. They set out for the wilds of Oregon, ostensibly on a white-water camping trip but actually in search of lost treasure -- some $200,000 that vanished along with notorious plane hijacker D. B. Cooper, who parachuted into the deep forest and was never seen again. The main characters are sketched broadly, with basic personality traits: Lillard is more levelheaded than his two friends, the intensely neurotic Green and the cheerfully mendacious and irresponsible Shepard. There’s plenty of fish-out-of-water humor in the laughably ineffectual attempts of these three city boys to master their surroundings, and poor Green usually winds up getting the worst of every situation. Abraham Benrubi and Ethan Suplee show up as dimwitted but murderous marijuana farmers who pursue the three friends after they accidentally come across their bumper crop of pot. Even better is Burt Reynolds, no stranger to rafting adventures, who plays an eccentric recluse who may or may not be the long-missing Cooper. Burt’s surprisingly comfortable in a supporting role, although he can’t resist stealing scenes from the three leads now and then. Director Steven Brill (Mr. Deeds) obviously knew he wasn’t working with sophisticated material here, and his staging of the comedic set pieces is generally heavy-handed. But his cast is genuinely engaging and the setting offers not only visual appeal but also inspires a variety of outdoorsy gags. Without a Paddle certainly doesn’t rate a place in the pantheon of screen comedy, but it’s an amiable little farce that can be depended upon to tickle the funny bone with surprising regularity.
All Movie Guide
If you were looking to feel superior toward a movie in 2004, you had few better choices than Without a Paddle. The trailers were geared toward juvenile humor that ranged in depth from homophobia and animatronic bears to the ever-present fear of being raped by hillbillies. It's not that Without a Paddle doesn't touch on these things, it's that it's not very mean-spirited about them, and is more likeable than it should be for much of its running time. This can be credited to the snappy dialogue by Jay Leggett and Mitch Rouse, who get down a good "guys razzing each other" tone that develops the characters and makes them seem comfortable enough to be real friends. Since the actors are clearly having a good time, it's easier to swallow the ridiculous things that happen to them in the course of a camping trip gone wrong in all the predictable ways. As though to prove Seth Green is the most marketable of the stars, all the truly outrageous things happen to his character, leaving Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard to look on and guffaw moronically. This gets tiresome, as do a bunch of set pieces that beat a sadly familiar trail. But darn it if a good soundtrack and some watchable chemistry don't push things toward a halfway-decent lowbrow comedy. In a ten-minute cameo as a mountain hermit, Burt Reynolds submits a far livelier performance than his co-starring role in The Dukes of Hazzard the following year. Also nice fun are Abraham Benrubi and Ethan Suplee as a pair of redneck marijuana farmers, with Suplee's performance serving as a template for his moony simpleton on My Name Is Earl.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Steven Brill; Video commentary by the cast and director; MTV's making the movie: Without a Paddle; 13 additional scenes with optional director commentary; 6 MTV interstitials; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seth Green Dan Mott
Matthew Lillard Jerry Conlaine
Dax Shepard Tom Marshall
Ethan Suplee Elwood
Abraham Benrubi Dennis
Rachel Blanchard Flower
Burt Reynolds Del Knox
Christina Moore Butterfly
Bonnie Somerville Denise
Ray Baker Sheriff Briggs
Bart the Bear Actor
Liddy Holloway Bonnie Newwood
David Stott Dick Stark
Matthew Price Young Tom
Andrew Hampton Young Jerry
Jarred Rumbold Young Dan
Carl Snell Young Billy
Anthony Starr Billy Newwood
Nadine Bernecker Angie
Danielle Cormack Tony
Scott Adsit Greasy Man
Morgan Reese Fairhead Sandi
Mia Blake Giselle
Bruce Phillips Minister
Kate Harcourt Old Woman
Gregory Norman Cruz River Guide
Susan Brady Leslie
Connor Carty-Squires Boy Scout
Kerry Christensen Singer
Randy Crenshaw Singer
Mike Nowak Conductor

Technical Credits
Steven Brill Director
Simon Ambridge Asst. Director
Trevor Bau Stunts
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Dave Booth Special Effects
Simon Bright Art Director
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
John Cavill Camera Operator
Karl Chisholm Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Cleaveland Special Effects Supervisor
Mana Davis Stunts
Donald De Line Producer
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Epper Stunts
Doug Falconer Special Effects
Andy Gill Stunts
Harris Goldberg Original Story
Andrew Haas Executive Producer
Winham Hammond Stunts
Scott Harens Special Effects
Denise Hudson Art Director
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Wendy Japhet Executive Producer
Lynsey Shmukler Jones Associate Producer
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Kaiser Musical Arrangement
Kevin Kliesch Musical Arrangement
Greg Lane Stunts
Tami Lane Makeup
Jay Leggett Screenwriter
Kate Lobb Stunts
Darian Lumsden Special Effects Supervisor
Bob McDougall Stunts
Phil McLaren Special Effects
Cameron McLean Camera Operator
Jared Meehan Stunts
Doug Metzger Asst. Director
Murray Milne Camera Operator
Liz Mullane Casting
Ken Mutton Stunts
Debra Neil-Fisher Editor
Tom Norsall Original Story
Andy Notter Stunts
Tom Nursall Original Story
Paramount Pictures Sound Editor
Dayna Porter Stunts
Peck Prior Editor
Mark Prowse Stunts
Simon Raby Camera Operator
Josh Randall Stunts
Mitch Rouse Screenwriter
Ken Saville Sound Mixer
Lee Scorrar Stunts
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Ben Vere-Jones Stunts
Paul Verrall Special Effects Supervisor
Raymond Guy Wilson Stunts
Karen Winefield Makeup
Fred Wolf Original Story
Tim Wong Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Without a Paddle
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14

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