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Without a Paddle is a 2004 comedy starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard.

Tom (Shepard), Jerry (Lillard), and Dan (Green) reminisce about their childhood dreams when their best friend passes away. While looking through their old tree house, they remember their obsession with D.B. Cooper's treasure. When they find a recent map that their friend left for them, they decide to honor his memory and go on the search for the treasure that they planned as children. Along the way, they encounter a pair of heavily armed pot farmers, two lovely tree-dwelling hippies, and much more.

A straight-to-DVD sequel was released in 2009.

This film provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Billy was one before he died, if the things his friends said are anything to go by. When Dan sees a grieving woman dry-humping his casket, he remarks, "Billy's dead and he still has a better chance of getting laid than I do."
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Lampshaded. The cleaver one of the pot farmers favours is "scary but ultimately ineffective."
  • Bears Are Bad News: The Mama Bear that pursues them.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The pot farmers and the sheriff.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dan. If there's a visual gag need, Dan is used. He gets mauled by a bear, inhales a bee, the forest hates him. His friends don't help that much either. When they need a door out of the barn, they throw Dan through the decaying wall to make one.
  • Consummate Liar: Tom. He doesn't even sell Harleys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Native American canoe guy. ("Thanks for breaking glass where my kids play.") Jerry and Dan also count.
  • Dirty Cop: The sheriff, who secretly has Elwood and Dennis working for him.
  • Dope Slap: Dennis punches Elwood when he won't stop singing.
  • Double Entendre:
    "You were a Boy Scout, right?"
    "No, but I ate a brownie once."
  • Freudian Excuse: Tom blames his screwed up life on his crappy father. The guys call him on it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Tom is pleasantly surprised to find out that the girl he's bedding's lover "Tony" is a beautiful woman. He invites her to join them, and gets beat up by the jealous woman instead.
  • Hairy Girl: Flower and Butterfly. Both are hippie girls with unshaved legs (but oddly enough, shaved armpits). Dan still likes Flower despite this.
  • Handy Feet: Flower uses her "monkey feet" to answer the radio with the guys. She teaches Dan to do so as well by the end of the film.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The pot farmers and the sheriff are knocked unconscious when Jerry uses one of their grenades to cause a tree to fall on them during an attempted Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Flower for Dan.
    Dan: Thank you, crazy hairy girl of my dreams.
  • Mama Bear: A literal one, who displays maternal instincts towards Dan.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Del Knox, who was also D.B. Cooper's partner.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The hippie girls are very attractive, at least until we see their extremely hairy legs (though they do rather inexplicably have shaved armpits). Both of them wear pretty revealing outfits, with the boys boasting they could all see their "downstairs".
  • My Defense Need Not Protect Me Forever:
    Jerry: I don't need to outrun the bear... I just need to outrun you.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The boys travel in their underwear after they leave their clothes behind in the tree.
  • Nobody Poops: Inverted when the hippie girls throw bags of their own feces at the pot farmers in order to distract them while the guys make a getaway.
  • Noodle Incident: Tom accidentally ran illegal immigrants across the border. In his defense, he thought that he just got really wasted and bought a bunch of sombreros, not realizing there were people under them.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: Tom likes to pretend to be the world’s leading expert on everything.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Tom turns around and sees the bear.
  • Queer Establishing Moment: In a minor character example, Tom finds out the woman he's with is bisexual as her angry girlfriend arrives.
  • Running Gag: Could you see their "downstairs?"
  • Stoners Are Funny: When the boys are chased through a pot field, they accidentally set the weed on fire and get stoned off the smoke.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: The hippie girls encourage the boys to strip off their soaking clothes. While Dan and Jerry are reluctant, Tom strips down to his underwear immediately and asks for some "tender loving care" from the girls.
  • Tempting Fate / Cue the Rain:
    Dan: Nothing could possibly get any worse!
    (Crack of thunder and pouring rain)