Drillbit Taylor

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Released 2008

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Director:
Steven Brill , Steve Brill
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Drillbit Taylor is a 2008 comedy produced by Judd Apatow and written by Seth Rogen and Kristofor Brown, starring Owen Wilson as a homeless man who masquerades as a trained and experienced martial-arts expert in order to get a job as a bodyguard for a group of kids who are fed up with being bullied. Troy Gentile and Nate Hartley play Ryan and Wade, two high school freshman who quickly earn the attention of the school's toughest and meanest bullies, Filkins and Ronnie (Alex Frost and Josh Peck). In an attempt to escape torment, Ryan and Wade put an ad up on the Internet for a bodyguard. They expect to hire a hardened muscle man who will step in and defeat all challengers. What they get instead is a man who calls himself Drillbit Taylor (Wilson). Drillbit claims he's a martial arts expert and professional mercenary, but fails to mention he lives on the streets, showering in the public showers at the beach and getting his meals out of dumpsters. While he might not be the bodyguard they hoped for, this charismatic bum just might be the friend they need.moreless

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Wilson is as sincere as ever at being insincere, though the sweet minor notes of his trademark melancholia seem here to be in search of a more boisterous presence -- say a Vince Va...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A junior-league "Superbad" with an aftertaste of "The Pacifier," Drillbit Taylor is a just passable pubescent comedy with a modest laugh count by Apatow factory standards.

  • 40

    The New York Times

    So ploddingly directed (by Steven Brill) and lazily written that it adds up to little more than a diffuse collection of second-hand gags and jokes, few of them funny.

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    high school, bullies, dumb friends, Slapstick, pressures of high school