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Without a Paddle Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Well, incredibly stupid is certainly what is delivered to audiences.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think "Road Trip" meets "City Slickers." Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While the likable Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard are definitely up to the comic excursion, the picture charts an uncertain course between wild and mild, eventually running aground in a pile of male-bonding muck.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    There are some genuinely clever moments of physical comedy, and the inevitable crudeness is offset by winning whimsy. Without has all the freshness of moldering Playboys stashed under a mattress, but it evokes what few boys-will-be-boys larks can: chumminess.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 16 and under

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.

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

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Mean-spirited humor throughout.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Comic peril and violence, a lot of shooting and some graphic images.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Strong sexual references and situations for a PG-13.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language for a PG-13.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, marijuana.