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Format: DVD
Sku: 208105513
UPC: 097363440628
UPC 14: 00097363440628
Rating: UR
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Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

"Owen Wilson is hilarious!  Don Sanchez, ABC-TV
"...it's nice to know that there are still filmmakers ready to respect the eternal struggles of freaks and geeks.  Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Big laughs with a lot of heart.  Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine
"Awesome! The freshest and funniest comedy in a long time.  Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV
"There are winning scenes between Wilson and the three teens as they train in various martial arts...  Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Editor's Note
DRILLBIT TAYLOR tells the story of three nerdy adolescents who, on their very first day of high school, find themselves the target of a merciless, near psychotic bully. The friends band together and pool their funds to hire a personal bodyguard, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson). Taylor, a homeless beach bum and AWOL army soldier, plans to con the kids just long enough to pull together the money needed to amscray off to Canada. A momentary flash of a conscience and a growing crush on a teacher at the boys' high school, however, compels Drillbit to stick around, do the right thing, and ultimately save the day.

The movie is fluff to the extreme, and because it's from the duo of Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow it's easy to long for more. There's a remarkably talented comic cast here, though, that includes, among others, Upright Citizens Brigade veteran Matt Walsh, former Daily Show correspondent Beth Littleford, and indie favorite Frank Whaley. And while it never reaches the near poetic heights of vulgarity to be found in SUPERBAD and KNOCKED UP, one can sense Rogen and Apatow's supreme wit poking around the edges of the film. Where DRILLBIT does succeed, however, is as a fun movie for pre- and early-adolescent boys. KNOCKED UP and 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN deal with some adult subject matter, meaning the plots are driven by issues that 13-year-olds most likely can not relate to, and SUPERBAD is raunchy to the point where parents might not want their kids to see it until they can at least drive. DRILLBIT, on the other hand, strikes a nice middle ground, as it deals with the age-old problem of the high school bully and throws in just enough raunch & roll to keep the sleepover rowdy until dawn.

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Video Features DVD, Unrated, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/20/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 344062
Video UPC UPC: 00097363440628
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Josh Peck
Video Cast Info Troy Gentile
Video Cast Info Leslie Mann
Video Cast Info David Dorfman
Video Cast Info Owen Wilson
Video Cast Info Danny McBride
Video Cast Info Stephen Root
Video Cast Info Nate Hartley
Video Cast Info Kristofor Brown - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Richard Vane - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Fred Murphy - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Hughes - Story
Video Cast Info Christophe Beck - Composer
Video Cast Info Seth Rogen - Story
Video Cast Info Kristofor Brown - Story
Video Cast Info Donna Arkoff Roth - Producer
Video Cast Info Judd Apatow - Producer
Video Cast Info Susan Arnold - Producer
Video Cast Info Seth Rogen - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Steven Brill - Director

Professional Reviews

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a great turn from Gentile....The real draw, though, is the ever likeable, ever schmoozy Wilson." 05/01/2008 p.48

Sight and Sound
"Wilson's talent for out-of-leftfield adlibs hasn't deserted him..." 04/01/2008 p.54

Reel.com 9 of 10
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. - David Thomas

ReelViews 6 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

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