Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition)

Directed By: Steven Brill Starring: Leslie Mann Owen Wilson

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Product Overview

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


Studio Paramount
SKU 208105513
UPC 097363440628
UPC 14 00097363440628
Format DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Rating UR
High School Experiences
High School Students
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Steven Brill
Leslie Mann
Owen Wilson
Cast & Crew
Josh Peck - Star
Troy Gentile - Star
Leslie Mann - Star
David Dorfman - Star
Owen Wilson - Star
Danny McBride - Star
Stephen Root - Star
Nate Hartley - Star
Kristofor Brown - Screenwriter
Richard Vane - Executive Producer
Fred Murphy - Director of Photography
John Hughes - Story
Christophe Beck - Composer
Seth Rogen - Story
Kristofor Brown - Story
Donna Arkoff Roth - Producer
Judd Apatow - Producer
Susan Arnold - Producer
Seth Rogen - Screenwriter
Steven Brill - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 344062
UPC 00097363440628
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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.
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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Unrated, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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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