Without A Paddle

Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard, Ethan Suplee

Director: Steven Brill

Not really the AMERICAN PIE type comedy that I had expected, WITHOUT A PADDLE is about three thirty something friends, played by Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard, who take off on what they think could be their last wild adventure in an effort to fulfil their boyhood dream of finding a treasure of lost ransom money deep in the Oregon wilderness.

They set out to follow the trail by canoe but things quickly go wrong when they come across two rednecks and a marijuana plantation while escaping from a cell phone eating grizzly bear.

While WITHOUT A PADDLE isn’t exactly a laugh-a-minute comedy it’s still quite an enjoyable movie with enough funny moments to keep it going. Of the three main cast Matthew Lillard seems to give the best performance although all are probably out-done by the grizzly bear! Burt Reynolds turns up for about fifteen minutes as a mountain man which of course is a nice piece of casting as the whole film echoes of his now famous DELIVERANCE.

WITHOUT A PADDLE is certainly not without a laugh and shouldn’t be without an audience either.

4 out of 6 stars

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