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With Reader Comment
(2004), PG-13 (R-13)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 19, 2004
30 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

With Reder Comment. (2004), PG-13 (R-13) -- The MPAA is most assuredly morally dead ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, De Line Pictures
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Steven Brill
Producer(s): Donald De Line, Andrew Haas, Wendy Japhet, Richard Vane
Story: Fred Wolf, Harris Goldberg, Tom Nursall
Screenplay: Jay Leggett, Mitch Rouse
Cinematography/Camera: Jonathan Brown
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Peck Prior
Casting: Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Simon Bright, Denise Hudson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Great day in the morning! The MPAA is most assuredly morally dead to claim this material is fit for 13 year old kids! They have apparently gone the way predicted by Ps.12:8 and Jude 4. Their service is useless anymore. If their service is intended to alert parents to the content of films, they must have slept through most of this one. This PG-13 movie earned a R-13 final score of 30 out of 100 with a score of zero in each of four of the six CAP investigation areas! R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database earned scores os 54 and below out of 100.

Without A Paddle is also a prime example of the CAP Rule of 1000 with literally dozens of lesser issues of assault on morality and decency to get the same effect as a movie using fewer but more bold issues of ignominy, such as in R-rated movies. It is further a prime example of the slipping standards of the MPAA (see Harvard Agrees with Us.

This film is saturated with crude sexual issues (33.2 per hour) and foul language (51.7 per hour). There are also 20.4 instances of violence per hour, mostly gunfire to kill. Ten decimal nine instances of drug farming, intoxication and hallucinations and drinking and drunkenness fill the spaces between.

Did you make lifelong friendships as children? Did you keep those friendships? In Without A Paddle four ten year old boys; Tom Marshall (Matthew Price), Jerry Conlaine (Andrew Hampton), Dan Mott (Jarred Rumbold), Billy Newwood (Carl Snell) formed a lifelong pact of friendship.

Once grown up and separated (in the order shown in the poster art) Jerry (Matthew Lillard, Shaggy in Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2) became a business man. Dan (Seth Green) became a doctor. Tom (Dax Shepard) became an opportunist. All are now city boys and thirty-ish. By a telephone call from his mother and during an argument with his live-in lover, Jerry learned that Billy was killed. Again the three boys were drawn together.

After the funeral, Jerry, Dan and Tom gathered once again in their now 20 year old treehouse, reminisced and rekindled their friendship. The treehouse was filled with memorabilia and gadgets and other things, one of which should not be collected.

But in that treehouse the boys discovered plans Billy had made so long ago to find the lost treasure of the legendary thief, D. B. Cooper, complete with a map and a detailed study of the Oregon territory where D. B. Cooper was supposed to have parachuted into with all his loot. If this sounds much like the story of Goonies with D. B. Cooper as the pirate, One-eyed Willy, it should. Hints of The Matrix films, Deliverance, the "freek" days of the seventies and even Star Wars films are also drawn upon to build the story. (CAP analyses of some of these films are available from CAP Reports.)

Embarking on their adventure, the boys end up nearly getting drowned in river rapids, nearly eaten by a bear and nearly killed by marijuana farmers Elwood (Ethan Suplee, Remember the Titans and Dennis (Abraham Benrubi). They even get welcomed by two ecology-freak blondes, Flower (Rachel Blanchard) and Butterfly (Christina Moore) in a treehouse who offered the boys solace from the raging pot farmers after them. During their stay with the blondes the boys lose all their clothes except their underwear. After the pot farmers are driven off by dropping bags of manure on them, the boys spend a great deal of time in just their underwear. When a storm drenched them, the boys cuddled to stay warm. But that is not all.

Enough of the trying to build a polite picture of this film which brings you 59 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], two use of the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 22:11], two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and seven without [Deut. 5:11]. Drug farming, drug intoxication and drug-induced hallucinations [Hab. 2:9]. Drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18]. Massive gunfire to kill [Prov. 3:31-32]. Female nudity [**]. A man and a woman frolicking in bed in their underwear. Cohabitation. [1Cor. 7:2] Quite possibly the single verse that condemns this film the most is Luke 17:2.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted so you can decide for yourselves whether this film is fit for your family or not, in spite of my disgust with it.

READER COMMENT: Following is a comment I just received (8/29/04) by one of our readers. I thought I would share it with you.
"While I was on IMDB, I saw a user comment from someone who identified themselves as being 12 years old...
'This movie was hilarious. I am 12 but there were many adults cracking up as well. The funniest part was when they were spooning together. I bet there dancing around naked right now. LoL. Go see this movie don't listen to the stupid critics. This movie Rox. Seth green was funny but Dax was the funniest. I also loved it when the deer was growling lol. The story wasn't bad and it actually had a message. One of the funniest movies of the summer. It was a perfect way to end the summer. So go with your friend and laugh your ---- off before school starts. P.S It was awesome'
It had a message? I wonder what that was..."
Name Withheld

Yes, it had a message, and it was received well by our youth as you can see. A "message" of stealing childhood from children -- and that they should love it. That a 12 year old child even knows about spooning, a practice of homosexuality, let alone what it is marks indelibly a dark period in our history, darkened further and amplified by watching it in and as entertainment. Don't be fooled into thinking this was a one-time mention of spooning to our young in and as entertainment. Anger Management, another PG-13 (R-13), also presented it but not as boldly as Without A Paddle, which makes sense since Anger Management is a little more than a year old. [Ps 12:8, Luke 17:2] (See: R-13.) Maybe next year our kids will get to see spooning in action without the underwear.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.


    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Without A Paddle (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • rudeness with physical aggression
  • foolishness with fire
  • long bear threat
  • rapids action violence
  • offensive firearms
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, frequent
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • planning to kill
  • massive gunfire to kill
  • threat to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 58 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • homosexual slander, insults and implications
  • lies, repeatedly
  • open urination
  • massive tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adults in underwear in bed in foreplay
  • cohabitation
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • woman lusting after man in coffin
  • female nudity in poster in kids treehouse
  • condom in possession of young boys
  • young boys talking of sexually immoral deeds
  • oral sex crude humor
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexual humor, repeatedly
  • adults in underwear, often
  • three men snuggling in underwear with crude sexual inferences (spooning)
  • sex talk
  • sex comments
  • sexual innuendo before children
  • after-the-fact intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • booze
  • drug farming
  • drug intoxication, multiple
  • drug induced hallucinations, repeatedly
  • smoking grass

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and seven without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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