Everyday Jane Reviews

Without A Paddle

by on January 26, 2015

This adventure/comedy stars Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Somerville, and Burt Reynolds.  The story is about four guys who have been close friends since childhood that go their separate ways after high school.  Three of them meet up several years later for the funeral for one of the friends.  They take a trip down memory lane and revisit their old tree house where they find their old treasures and a treasure map.  The map had been very important to their deceased friend so they decide to use the map to take a trip and find the treasure.  The craziness unfolds.




The film caught my eye because I am a fan of both Seth Green and Matthew Lillard and because I enjoy comedies.  I also recognized Abraham Benrubi (he played Olaf on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Ethan Suplee (he played William on Mallrats and Frankie Stechino on Boy Meets World) from other favorite shows and films.  Although I was happy with the cast choices, the movie itself was disappointing as I found my mind wandering to other thoughts not related to the film while viewing it.  The film did make me smile but not laugh out loud funny like I hoped it would be.


The film’s scenery was pleasant, especially the beach and surf scene, and there were very entertaining parts to the movie.  One of my favorite parts is when the three guys are singing the song “Hold On Loosely” by .38 Special and then Seth Green takes it further by rapping a different song.  One of the songs in the film may have to be added to my music play list, “What a Wonderful World” by Joey Ramone.


Overall, I didn’t hate the film but… I also didn’t like it…


As for the rest of the film, it was absurd and over the top. The scene with the black bear is a great example of how unbelievable and stupid the humor is.


Overall, I didn’t hate the film but… I also didn’t like it and would not watch it again and I’m not sure if I can recommend watching it.  I does have a happy ending and a sweet message about life being a treasure and the importance of friendship.


Funny cast
Nice Scenery


Movie doesn't hold your attention
Humor can get a bit too absurd

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Bottom Line

I wouldn't watch this again and I'm not sure I can recommend even giving it a watch.