Drillbit Taylor

Film, Comedy
2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Writer Seth Rogen and producer Judd Apatow created a couple of winning geeks in ‘Superbad’, but this tamer version of the fat kid/thin kid story fails to deliver the same laughs. Based on an idea by John Hughes, it stars Troy Gentile and Nate Hartley as a moderately amusing pair of nerds who fail to impress on their first day of high school (turning up wearing the same shirt doesn’t help).

After defending Emmit (David Dorfman) from the school bully, they become perennial victims and decide to hire a bodyguard, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson). Taylor is a homeless con artist who’s out to rob the children, but their charms grow on him as he trains them up and poses as a teacher to protect them. Wilson’s mix of casual criminality and ineptitude is sometimes funny but rarely endearing: his character’s dark intentions are at odds with the film’s breezy, broad tone. ‘Drillbit Taylor’ is a bit of a giggle, but it lacks bite and direction: even the old prom showdown routine would have enlivened this aimless comedy.

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday March 28 2008
Duration:
102 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Steven Brill
Screenwriter:
Kristoffer Brown, Seth Rogen
Cast:
Owen Wilson
Leslie Mann
Danny R. McBride
Josh Peck
David Dorfman
Troy Gentile
Nate Hartley
Alex Frost