- Without a Paddle
name = Without a Paddle
caption = "Without a Paddle" film poster
director = Steven Brill
Fred Wolf Harris Goldberg Tom Nursall Jay Leggett Mitch Rouse
Seth Green Matthew Lillard Dax Shepard Burt Reynolds Ethan Suplee
budget = ~ US$19,000,000
20 August 2004
runtime = 99 min.
USA/ New Zealand
language = English
imdb_id = 0364751|
"Without a Paddle" is a 2004
comedy filmabout three men going on a camping trip. The movie stars Matthew Lillard, Seth Greenand Dax Shepard. The film is somewhat a parodyof adventure films like " Deliverance" — indeed, one of the stars of "Deliverance", Burt Reynolds, makes an appearance in the film, and the plot lines are similar.
Although the the film details an ill-prepared camping and canoe trip into the Oregon wilds, "Without A Paddle" was filmed in New Zealand to take advantage of
Ten years after graduating highschool, three friends, Jerry, Dan and Tom, find out that their other friend Billy died in
Costa Ricafrom a surfingaccident. After the burial they take a trip down to memory lane and enter their tree housewhere the four hung out when they were children. They find a map leading to D. B. Cooper's lost treasure that Billy has been working on his whole life. Dan takes a break from his job as a doctor and joins Jerry and Tom on a campingtrip to find the treasure. They meet a sheriff at the station who decides to help out for directions to the river.
They take a
canoedown the river and find Grandpa's Nose (a rock formation), and they stay on the riverside for the night. Standing around the camp fire, they discover they forgot to bring food and so Tom goes out for some fishto eat. He shines one fish but his friends fail to catch the trout. But the fish led a grizzly bearto come and it chases the group away, but Dan trips. The bear thinks Dan is its cub and it brings him back to its nest and fattens him up for hibernation. Dan manage to escape and they trio ends up sleeping in a tree. In the morning, they find all their gear ripped up and destroyed by the bear, even Dan's cellphonethat the animal swallowed.
The trio takes off in the river but they take the wrong way because the bear ripped a hole in the map. The spilt leads them into
rapids when they are nearly killed and drowned. The map is lost, and they end up falling off a waterfallbut landing safely in a belly of water. Unfortunately, their canoe has been smashed to pieces. They take off in the woods with a compassand find themselves at a pot farm, in which the farmers mistake them for thiefs and start shooting at them. The guys escape into the farm but the security flaresgo off and hit the growth, causing a bunch of smoke to wallow around and get the trio stoned. With the farmers on their tail wear bandanas over their faces, the guys fall into a pond and use reeds to breath. Hiding in the pond, one of the farmers points his guns mistaking Dan in there as a bullfrogbut they take off. The guys then run into the woods, but in the morning the farmers find their crop burned and they set off to kill Jerry, Dan and Tom.
The guys meet two
hippiegirls far into the forest. They are treated with food, communication, and love. Using the radio, the farmers find them and attempt to cut down the tree in which the hippies live above. They drop paper bags full of fecesat the farmers to distract them while the guys escape. Half naked, the guys are lost into the woods, while it is pouring rain. The only way they have to survive is to hold on to each other for warmth. They are caught by a man living up in the mountains and taken to his hut. The guy is named Del Knox, who was once D. B.'s parnter before his death. They are provided with clothes.
The next morning, the farmers find them and assault the house. The guys escape while Del Knox shoots at him with his
revolver. They guys find the site in which D. B. crashed landed. They find his carcassalong with the suitcase holding the money, but D. B. burned most of the money to survive. They then discover what the real treasure was for being alive. They then toss their valuable possessions on his body, including Dan's C-3PO action figure, Jerry's Brian Bosworthcard, and Tom's condom. The only way out of the cave is for Dan to crawl through a small tunnel. The farmers find Jerry and Tom below and Dan comes from the ground and hits them with a log. The farmers fall down and they engage in a brawl. No one is defeated but the sheriff comes and the trio discover that the sheriff was working with the pot farmers all along. The three are cornered and Jerry, who took one of the farmers grenades, flips off the pin but accidentally drops it. Moments before it blows he throws it towards the bad guys but they miss, and it explodes causing a tree to fall on the farmers and sheriff. The three bad guys are arrested afterwards.
In the end, Jerry, Dan, and Tom earn half of the money from D. B. Cooper's partner, Jerry proposes for his girlfriend, Dan starts a relationship with one of the hippie girls and gets laid for the first time, and Tom is a camp counsellor for a children's summer camp and tells his troop about the camp trip, but one of the campers asks "what's a downstairs?" and Tom drops his
cigaretteand glares at the camper, following the end credits stream.
Without a Paddle received many negative reviews from the critics. [http://www.rottentomatoes.com Rotten Tomatoes] currently states that only 14% of the reviews are positive.
Dax Shepard.... Tom Marshall
Matthew Lillard.... Jerry Conlaine
Seth Green.... Dan Mott
Burt Reynolds.... Del Knox
Bonnie Somerville.... Denis
Ethan Suplee.... Elwood
*Ray Baker .... Sheriff Briggs
Abraham Benrubi.... Dennis
Rachel Blanchard.... Flower
Christina Moore.... Butterfly
Antony Starr.... Billy Newwood
*Little Bart the Bear .... Bear
D. B. Cooper in popular culture
* [http://www.withoutapaddlemovie.com/ Official site]
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