Ryan (Troy Gentile) Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorfman) attend their first day at high school and they re pumped until they meet up with Filkins (Alex Frost) a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Le... more »cter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins reign of terror they seek out some protection by placing an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response and the cheapest comes from Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune who lives a homeless he likes to say home-free existence on the beach. He enrolls them in some physical and mental training.System Requirements:Running Time: 101 minutesFormat: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: COMEDY/SCREWBALL COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 097361383248 Manufacturer No: 138324« less
By-the-numbers comedy. Should have been made PG to appeal to a younger audience because it sure didnt appeal to me. I guess I have seen to many movies to accept something so cookie cutter-ish. And with Ian Roberts, David Koechner, Beth Littleford, Matt Walsh, Stephen Root and others making appearances you would think I would have something nicer to say about this.
Michael Zuffa | Racine, WI United States | 04/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wade (Hartley), Ryan (Gentile), and Emmitt (Dorfman) are three nerdy kids in need of protection. School bully Filkins (Frost) has decided to make their lives a living hell. After about a week of dealing with this, they decide to hire a bodyguard. Constrained by money, they opt for Drillbit Taylor (Wilson), an ex-military man who is currently homeless and trying to make enough money to get to Canada. Drillbit is less than impressive though, and has to come up with a plan quickly if he wants to help the kids and himself as well.
"Drillbit Taylor" fits the mold of the Judd Apatow-produced films, albeit in PG-13 form. Think of it as Judd Apatow-light, and that is fine because he knows what makes good movies. Sweetness, likeable characters, and raunchy comedy make up the mix, and for "Drillbit Taylor", the raunchiness is toned back to give it a PG-13 rating. Wilson is very good as Drillbit, a con-man of sorts that really isn't that good at things. "Drillbit Taylor" is an amusing addition to the Apatow family of films. "
Wait until it comes on cable TV
J. Campbell | Long Island, NY USA | 12/14/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this movie would be hilarious because of Seth Rogen's involvement with writing the story but I was wrong. Owen Wilson is okay and you rarely get laughs from the teenage kids. Pretty much a Flop!"
"Drillbit Taylor makes quite an accomplishment in that it is a PG-13-rated film that has the feel of last year's R-rated Superbad. Most of the vulgarity that made Apatow's previous venture inappropriately hilarious has absconded to unknown horizons, and Drillbit is left with utilizing more crafty means at achieving laughs. Not necessarily more intelligent, but certainly less crude, the similarly hilarious lead characters all find their perfect places in this consistently amusing comedy.
Three kids experience bullying at school by antagonizer Filkins, an emancipated student who revels in terrorizing smaller kids. On their first day at high school, Wade (Nate Hartley as the Harry-Potter-like scrawny kid), Ryan (Troy Gentile as the overweight kid with the never-ending ranting) and Emmit (David Dorfman as the kid-who-gets-shoved-in-a-locker) can't seem to evade constant humiliation at the hands of nemesis Filkins. Only able to take so much, the three decide to hire a bodyguard to defend them. In a riotous job-interview montage, the trio chooses Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), an ex-black-ops and improvised weapons expert, who teaches them to stick up for themselves. During the process, Drillbit gets sidetracked with aggressive teacher Lisa (Leslie Mann) and the truth that he is nothing more than a homeless bum who yearns for the good life in Canada.
Drillbit Taylor, like Superbad, derives much of its humorous moments by forcing many continual little laughs. Quick jokes follow rapid slapstick to allow the audience to pick and choose what tickles their funny-bones. When some gags don't work, instant new ribs replace them so that no one can sit still for long. But most unique is the idea that the majority of the humor does not rely on crudeness, but the friendlier grounds of physical comedy (undergoing torment by bullies) and unexpectedly nonsensical dialogue (the love chatter between Drillbit and Lisa).
Again this comedy falls into the same storyline quicksand that plagues most recent comedies, which is allowing the conflict to become too serious. No one doubts the fact that the plot is absolutely ridiculous and that most of the concepts are exaggerated to the point of absurdity, but within this fantasy world of nerds and bullies, some things we hope to remain realistic. Things like vengeance against the bullies, getting the girls, and staying out of serious harm's way. These concepts are approached with little justice to realism, and so results in a conclusion that can only be as unlikely as the samurai-sword-wielding antagonist. That's not to say that any of it was intended to be faithful to the stereotypical perception of high school life, but most of it appears that way from the get-go.
"As long as you have a coffee cup in your hand, nobody says nothing," explains Drillbit, on his ease at infiltrating the school as a substitute teacher. And so as long as the humor remains appealingly gut-busting, no one questions the reasoning behind much of the juvenile antics. Where Superbad focused on nonstop sexual and gross-out humor, Drillbit stays refreshingly clean with its parody of the cool kids and the un-cool kids frequenting a typical high school. And (comedic) revenge against persecution is one of the most universally inviting themes to watch.
- Mike Massie "
Pale, though occasionally amusing, imitation of "Superbad"
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 07/12/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Drillbit Taylor" is little more than a watered-down version of "Superbad" - not really a surprise since one of its writers, Seth Rogan, also had a hand in crafting that earlier, much more sophisticated work. Yet, ironically, Rogan may actually have become a victim of his own success, for, since its release in 2007, "Superbad" has become the gold standard against which all subsequent revenge-of-the-nerds comic fantasies must now be measured - and "Drillbit Taylor" falls far short of the mark.
Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile and David Dorfman play a trio of 9th graders so terminally nerdy that they make the geeks in "Superbad" look like letter-wearing party animals in comparison. After suffering endless humiliations at the hands of the school's uber bully (Alex Frost) and his simpleton sidekick (Josh Peck), the boys decide it's time to hire a professional bodyguard to teach the jerks a lesson. They alight on one Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), a homeless ne'er-do-well who signs on for the assignment for a nominal fee - or so the boys think.
Far more dunderheaded than it is satirical, "Drillbit Taylor" boasts a few good laughs that don't quite compensate for the movie's predictable storyline or its frequent lapses into "feel-good" sentimentality. However, the performers are generally likable, and at least the hordes of extras milling around in the background look like they might actually BE high school students for a change - not the collection of superannuated adolescents that generally populate modern teen flicks. It's a minor triumph to be sure, but a triumph nonetheless. "