Drillbit Taylor

  • 12
  • Steven Brill (2007)
  • US
  • 97 min
Drillbit Taylor
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

With his Texan drawl and broken nose, Owen Wilson's laid-back screen presence proves charismatic enough to carry this likeable comedy. He stars as the eponymous army veteran of dubious pedigree, who's hired as a bodyguard by three bullied high-school kids (Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley and David Dorfman). Pretending to be a supply teacher, Drillbit infiltrates the school, romances a teacher (Leslie Mann) and gives his young protégés some unique lessons in survival techniques - largely based on repeated viewings of The Untouchables. Wilson's slyly self-mocking turn works a treat, while the kids display a comic talent well beyond their years (particularly the already seasoned Gentile). Co-produced by Judd Apatow, this slots neatly in beside his other loser comedies - The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad - and delivers some breezily entertaining laughs. Even Wilson's distinctive hooter gets its own gag.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Owen Wilson. On the first day of high school Ryan, Emmit and Wade encounter the resident bully, Filkins. The trio decide to hire a bodyguard to protect them from further intimidation, and settle on dynamic-sounding ex-soldier Drillbit Taylor. However, it turns out that he may not be quite up to the job.

Cast and crew

Cast

Drillbit Taylor
Owen Wilson
Lisa
Leslie Mann
Wade
Nate Hartley
Ryan
Troy Gentile
Emmit
David Dorfman
Filkins
Alex Frost
Ronnie
Josh Peck
Don
Danny McBride (2)
Principal Doppler
Stephen Root
Dolores
Lisa Ann Walter

Crew

Director
Steven Brill

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Mar 2008
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Categories
Comedy

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