Review Without the Paddle Movie – Steven Brill‘s film stars include Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard, Abraham Benrubi, and Rachel Blanchard.
Director Donald De Line. Paramount Pictures is a distributor.
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Review Without the Paddle Movie
This movie is a perfect illustration of how vile our civilization has become. I would have left after the first 10 minutes if I hadn’t made the decision to finish this evaluation. By reading this, I want to prevent others from going through the same thing.
We witness flashbacks of four young teenage boys growing up together in the 1980s as the opening credits begin to roll. The four are unquestionably best friends and are having a typical American childhood complete with camping, bicycling, a tree home, pranks, dares, and even a vow between “blood brothers.”
Take fifteen years in the future. Our stars have matured and followed quite distinct trajectories. Dan (Seth Green) is a doctor who runs a prosperous practice on his own. Although he yearns for a committed relationship, he is too bashful to actively explore getting to know any women.
Jerry (Matthew Lillard) holds down a standard suit and briefcase 9 to 5 job. His live-in girlfriend is impatiently waiting for a proposal since he is afraid to commit to a lifetime partnership.
Tom (Dax Shepard) is a motorcycle guy with a superiority complex who is unemployed and underachieving.
Review Without the Paddle Movie
The death of Billy, the fourth buddy, in a kite surfing accident has brought the three remaining friends together. They reunite at his burial before sharing memories in the tree house the four of them formerly inhabited. Billy’s desire to find the $200,000.00 lost by a bank robber decades ago someplace in a remote area of the Cascades prompts them to remember a journey they had planned throughout their childhood.
As a result, the three embarked on a canoe voyage across the Oregon wilderness equipped with their treasure map, compass, and a sense of nostalgia for adventure.
The men come across many characters along the way, including two attractive, scantily dressed environmentalists who have set up camp in a tree, a grizzly bear who tries to adopt Dan as her cub, two marijuana farmers who, enraged when the three friends find their illegal crop, pursue them with knives, guns, and explosives, and a gruff, old mountain man (Burt Reynolds) who ultimately helps the three learn a lesson, which is the moral of the story.
This movie’s idea is clear and engaging. It may have been amusing and enjoyable to see. Unfortunately, with sickening consequences, screenwriters Jay Leggett and Mitch Rouse decided to combine a number of filthy humor, perverted teenage pranks, harsh language, and sexual depravity.
The script was filled with vulgar language and instances of invoking our Lord’s name in vain. Additionally, there was pornographic language and sexually explicit references.
Despite the film’s PG-13 rating, there was some violence:
- In one scenario, a bear brings a complete, newly slain animal to Dan and forces him to bite off, chew, and swallow a bite of it.
- After cutting a fish’s head off, one of the marijuana-growing criminals talks to the fish’s body while swinging the bloody, internally exposed body around.
- A fight breaks out between the three guys and the two thugs, and footage of the five participants shows them biting and punching one other as well as beating each other up.
- Tom’s arm receives a passing shot as the guys are shot many times. Later, once he realizes, Dan closes it by sewing. The threaded needle is visible puncturing and re-entering his flesh.