Without a Paddle: Simon Cardwell
Scott Brown
August 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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 an 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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