Drillbit Taylor

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Another from the Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen comedy factory (their collective output is highly impressive) - which looks like a kids movie, but isn't, more of a teen comedy.

Ryan, Wade and Emmit attend their first day at high school. They’re really excited until they come across an evil school bully. To protect themselves, they attempt to hire a bodyguard. After placing an ad in a magazine, the cheapest response comes from Drillbit Taylor, a down-on-his-luck soldier of fortune who lives on the beach. He trains the boys mentally and physically for the ultimate clash against the bully.

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Directed by

Producers

  • Judd Apatow('The 40 Year Old Virgin', tv's 'Freaks And Geeks')

Comedy

102mins

Rating: PG Coarse Language

USA

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Taking back high school.

Your correspondent maintains a policy of not actually believing in the existence of Political Correctness; to him it seems something of a phantom organisation that people blame whenever they're not allowed to do gross things. However, the simple fact is that ten-odd years ago, there's no gee-gosh way in heck a movie like Drillbit Taylor would've got made.

Here's a movie that presents high-school bullies not as misunderstood sympathy cases, but as stone-cold freaking psychos; a movie where the best way to deal with what is clearly a young man in serious need of psychological attention is to hire a homeless vet to beat the shit out of him. And a movie, charmingly, that devotes the bulk of its emotional resources to persuading you that if said vet ingrains himself deeply enough into proper society as to secure continued sexual relations with a gullible teacher, that probably, the whole thing can be said to have been a roaring success.

Because Drillbit Taylor is charming as all get out: the young leads all exude a precocious world-weariness, while never seeming out of place on their first week of high school. And the Butterscotch Stallion, the officially anointed Loveliest Man in Hollywood, Mr Wilson himself, is as aw-darn sweet as ever.

Much like lamented longtime cancellee Parker Lewis Can't Lose, this is a high school world in which every every minute of every day is the most important, high-stakes, life-or-death moment of your short life; and like that show, the joke is in how utter our protagonists' investment in that world is. And also like that show, one of the nicest touches is the clever little moments in which the metaphor is reversed: high school is terrifying, but the foreign, adult world is where the real insanity begins.

FilmThreat.com [USA]

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There was a movie called “My Bodyguard” about the new kid in high school who hires the sullen loner to protect him from a bully. That was good. Drillbit Taylor is shit but, hey, I’m in Judd Apatow’s Hollywood.

Hollywood Reporter

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A relatively lame exercise that never achieves comic traction. Revolving around a trio of uber-geeks and a high school bully, the movie unfolds in fits and starts, never sure what the joke is.

NZ Herald [Francesca Rudkin]

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There are a few funny lines but the story is weak and unfocused, and after the film has meandered along it's a relief to see a conclusion in sight, even if it's a predictable outcome.

Premiere Magazine [USA]

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Presents nothing blindingly new for fans of Apatow- or Sandler-style humor and when watching it, one can hear the faint rustling of old scripts being yanked from drawers for a timely cash-in, but with his high-school memories now hopefully exhausted, maybe Rogen has a good college yarn to spin.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Another dreadful, not-funny Owen Wilson movie, in which Wilson is the best thing.

Urban Cinefile [Australia]

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The three young boys are excellent, and I especially like Hartley's pale and puny Wade whose crush on Brooke (Valerie Tian) becomes a running plot point. The film runs a little too long, but the resolution comes together nicely as both the boys and Drillbit help each other. Drillbit Taylor is the kind of film that makes you laugh despite yourself. And isn't that what we all need, now and again?

Variety [USA]

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A junior-league "Superbad" with an aftertaste of "The Pacifier," Drillbit Taylor is a just passable pubescent comedy with a modest laugh count by Apatow factory standards.