Directed by: STEVEN BRILL
Produced by: DONALD DE LINE
Starring: SETH GREEN, MATTHEW
LILLARD, DAX SHEPARD, ETHAN SUPLEE, BURT REYNOLDS
Released by: Paramount Pictures
Short: Here’s a case where
good comedic actors are undermined by an
uneventful script. Even
teenage boys deserve better than this lukewarm
Where's My Paddle?
More Than Just an Oar
childhood buddies get into one mishap after another
en route to a buried treasure in the Oregon backwoods.
Fulfilling the dream of a fourth friend who died,
Dan (Seth Green), Jerry (Matthew Lillard) and Tom
(Dax Shepard, a great improvisational actor who fooled
his share of celebrities on MTV’s "Punk’d)
set out to find a $200,000 stash buried by legendary
bank robber D.B. Cooper. Along the way, they encounter
a menacing mama bear, trigger happy pot farmers, hazardous
rapids, tree-hugging hippie sirens (Rachel Blanchard
and Christina Moore) and one crazy mountain man played
by Burt Reynolds—part of the film’s misguided
homage to "Deliverance."
With the exception of one or two laugh-out-loud moments—which are already featured in the trailer—the
childish antics of these three grown men hunting for
buried treasures are just too ridiculous to believe.
The stereotypical roadblocks become even more tedious
when you tack on the predictable personality clashes
among the trio—Dan
is a high-strung doctor, Tom is a Harley-riding rebel
and Jerry is somewhere in between. Here’s a
case where good comedic actors are undermined by an
Director Steven Brill, the man behind all three films
in "The Mighty Ducks" franchise and director
of 2002’s "Mr. Deeds," tries to shoehorn
in an underlying sweetness à la "Stand
By Me," but there’s simply no room for
feelings with such an outlandish premise.