Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor
Another from the Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen comedy factory (their collective output is highly impressive) - which looks like a kids movie, but isn't, more of a teen comedy.

Ryan, Wade and Emmit attend their first day at high school. They’re really excited until they come across an evil school bully. To protect themselves, they attempt to hire a bodyguard. After placing an ad in a magazine, the cheapest response comes from Drillbit Taylor, a down-on-his-luck soldier of fortune who lives on the beach. He trains the boys mentally and physically for the ultimate clash against the bully.
102 minsUSA
Comedy
Director:
Steven Brill ('Without a Paddle', 'Mr Deeds')
Writer:
Kristofor BrownSeth Rogen
Cast:
Owen WilsonLeslie MannAlex FrostJosh Peck

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Drillbit Taylor / Reviews

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Much like lamented longtime cancellee Parker Lewis Can't Lose, this is a high school world in which every every minute of every day is the most important, high-stakes, life-or-death moment of your short life; and like that show, the joke is in how utter our protagonists' investment in that world is. And also like that show, one of the nicest touches is the clever little moments in which the metaphor is reversed: high school is terrifying, but the foreign, adult world is where the real insanity begins.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

The three young boys are excellent, and I especially like Hartley's pale and puny Wade whose crush on Brooke (Valerie Tian) becomes a running plot point. The film runs a little too long, but the resolution comes together nicely as both the boys and Drillbit help each other. Drillbit Taylor is the kind of film that makes you laugh despite yourself. And isn't that what we all need, now and again?

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Another dreadful, not-funny Owen Wilson movie, in which Wilson is the best thing.

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

Presents nothing blindingly new for fans of Apatow- or Sandler-style humor and when watching it, one can hear the faint rustling of old scripts being yanked from drawers for a timely cash-in, but with his high-school memories now hopefully exhausted, maybe Rogen has a good college yarn to spin.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

There are a few funny lines but the story is weak and unfocused, and after the film has meandered along it's a relief to see a conclusion in sight, even if it's a predictable outcome.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A relatively lame exercise that never achieves comic traction. Revolving around a trio of uber-geeks and a high school bully, the movie unfolds in fits and starts, never sure what the joke is.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

There was a movie called “My Bodyguard” about the new kid in high school who hires the sullen loner to protect him from a bully. That was good. Drillbit Taylor is shit but, hey, I’m in Judd Apatow’s Hollywood.

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