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Without A Paddle


After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood promise by going on a camping expedition for the lost D.B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

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common sense

OFF for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Even a paddle can't keep this movie from sinking.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of very strong material for a PG-13 including a lot of "action" violence (a lot of shooting with very powerful weapons but hardly any blood and no one seriously hurt), comic peril (including a bear attack and many dangerous encounters on the river), and some graphic images (sewing up a bloody wound, a skeleton, lots of poop). There are many sexual references and situations, including references to peeking at a girl's "downstairs," a pierced "downstairs," and a lot of homophobic and misogynistic humor. A woman's unshaven leg is supposed to be as scary as Sasquatch. Characters use strong language. Characters smoke and drink beer, other characters are drug dealers, and getting stoned is played for humor.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Tom, Jerry, and Dan learned from the trip. How did each of them decide what was really important?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 28
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A successfully infantile new spin on Deliverance.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 20, 2004

Rotten: The first half of the film is enjoyable but hit and miss. After that, it's just miss.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, August 20, 2004

Rotten: Think Road Trip meets City Slickers. Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, August 20, 2004

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A watchable comedy, perhaps one that the children will like more than adults, although a little adult humour in it too. An adventure for three united friends with disastrous consequences. Watchable if you catch it on tv, but no need to rent or buy.

- 76Majikat, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

0 star

How this movie didnt go straight to DVD Ill never know

- dukeakasmudge, Friday, October 23, 2009

2 stars

Not as bad as I thought it would be. It?s a cross between the Goonies and Deliverance. It?s alright. A few absolute gems in the script upped my rating for this film though!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 30, 2009