Without A Paddle

Theatrical Release: August 20, 2004
DVD Release: January 11, 2005
Without A Paddle


Three childhood friends, now in their 30s, reunite at the funeral of Billy, another longtime friend. Levelheaded Jerry (Matthew Lillard) hates his corporate job and cannot commit to his live-in girlfriend (Bonnie Somerville). Dan (Seth Green), now Dr. Dan Mott, suffers from many childhood phobias and is too shy to ask his nurse for a date. Tom (Dax Shepard) tells tall tales of amazing adventures and conquests to cover up his many failures. The three decide to honor Billy by pursuing his childhood obsession — $200,000 that disappeared in 1971 with airline highjacker D.B. Cooper who parachuted into a remote area of Washington State. The three city guys embark on a wildly comical and dangerous expedition on the Columbia River. They manage to survive the raging river, a visit from a grizzly bear and two dangerous thugs guarding their marijuana crop. Burt Reynolds plays an eccentric hermit who holds the key to the missing treasure.

Dove Review

Jerry, Dan and Tom discover much about themselves and each other as their fun quickly dissipates into a desperate fight to survive. At the end of their journey, they agree that a meaningful life, not the missing money, is their real treasure. When the three stumble into the drug thugs’ camp, they are chased through burning marijuana fields and become stoned from inhaling the smoke. In this euphoric state, they discover two beautiful women living in a tree house who offer them refuge. While there is no sex, the scantily clad girls arouse the men with their behavior and explicit conversation. Crude bathroom humor and sexually suggestive references permeate the dialog along with a generous serving of foul language. Without a Paddle sinks into a quagmire of tasteless, crude content.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Paramount
Writer: Fred Wolf
Director: Steven Brill
Producer: Donald De Line
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min.
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Mary Draughon