If you thought the first trip was wilde, get ready for the craziest adventure yet! Everything that can go wrong does go wrong when two best friends (Oliver James & Kristopher Turner) and one zany Brit (Rik Young) venture out into the wilderness in search of a high school sweetheart. It's the wettest, wildest, and most squirrelphobic road trip since Lewis & Clark! On this trip, the stakes are higher, the river is wilder and the creatures are nuttier!
An unusual quest reunites two best friends from high school and takes them deep into the Oregon woods, where they encounter whitewater rapids, nymph-like ecoterrorists, and crotch-biting animated squirrels. If you’ve heard of the first Without a Paddle
, a modest comedy-adventure starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Shepard, you may be surprised to learn it made enough money to inspire a sequel--but that’s the only explanation for the existence of Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling
, which is sort of a reboot of the previous movie, but without any recognizable stars and even less of a script. Directed with the flair of a less-than-stellar sitcom, this sequel goes through the motions of adventure and romance, but the results are half-hearted at best. However, the boys are handsome--particularly Oliver James (What a Girl Wants
, Raise Your Voice
)--and the girls are pretty--particularly Madison Riley (who’s made brief but memorable appearances in movies like Miss March
and Fired Up
). Football all-star Jerry Rice has a cameo as a mountain man with a peculiar theory about global warming. There is a seven-minute featurette about the crotch-biting animated squirrels and some deleted scenes so brief they can't actually be called scenes. --Bret Fetzer