Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition)

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Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 208105513
UPC 097363440628
UPC 14 00097363440628
Format DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Putting together a film like this is no easy task. The man-child suddenly loaded with mentoring duties setup is an easy road to Syruptown, but screenwriters Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen (yes, that Seth Rogen) deliver a solid script that misses that exit completely, delivering a PG-13 version of the banter that made the latter's Superbad script so infectious...Despite a less-than-favorable track record that includes Without a Paddle and Mr. Deeds, director Steven Brill finds just the right balance of the sweet, absurd, and outrageous to keep us charmed...The influence of producer Judd Apatow seems apparent here, since that mix seems to be his specialty...The comic chemistry of the three pint-sized leads is considerable. While Gentile often comes off as a mini-Jonah Hill, that's not exactly a bad thing. Hartley gives the film's strongest performance, finding a range within his character that's probably not even necessary for the film he's in...Drillbit Taylor doesn't have anything particularly new to say about bullies or using violence to stand up for yourself. And though it's all in good fun, it's still kind of difficult to work a My Bodyguard premise in a post-Columbine age. But the film never pretends to take on anything so daunting. What it sets out to do, and effectively so, is to wring some giggles out of the insecurities we all feel on that first day of school.
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Reviewer David Thomas
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Drillbit Taylor is a study in mediocrity and the only way anyone would be aware it came from Judd Apatow and his posse would be to read the credits. It saddles the talented comedic actor Owen Wilson with a virtually laughless script and forces him to wallow in a pond of shallow, artificial sentimentality. This is the kind of thing that Apatow normally skews. Here, director Steven Brill, abetted by screenwriters Kristofer Brown & Seth Rogan, embraces it...Little needs to be said about Owen Wilson's work in Drillbit Taylor: he's a gifted actor stuck with a bad script that requires him (or his stunt double) to show his buns. His young co-stars, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, and David Dorfman, aren't as effective. In fact, Hartley is downright awful - there are a number of "serious" scenes where the camera catches him smirking, and he seems clueless when it comes to the difference between comedy and light drama. This could in part be the fault of director Brill, who may lack the aptitude to cull the best performances from his young protagonists...There's an autopilot feeling to the project that suggests it was shepherded through its production by a group more interested in creating a marketable product than making a movie. It ends up feeling like a paint-by-numbers affair that isn't as funny or enjoyable as many viewers will expect it to be.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Unrated, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Don Sanchez, ABC-TV Owen Wilson is hilarious!
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News ...it's nice to know that there are still filmmakers ready to respect the eternal struggles of freaks and geeks.
Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine Big laughs with a lot of heart.
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV Awesome! The freshest and funniest comedy in a long time.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer There are winning scenes between Wilson and the three teens as they train in various martial arts...

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