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Drillbit Taylor [DVD]

Owen Wilson , Troy Gentile , Steven Brill    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Troy Gentile, David Dorfman, Nate Hartley, Danny McBride
  • Directors: Steven Brill
  • Producers: Judd Apatow
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00147AK7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Like Owen Wilson himself, Drillbit Taylor has a loose, shaggy-dog appeal. Wilson plays a homeless ex-soldier who wants to emigrate illegally to Canada--and when three misfit high-school students hire him to protect them from bullies, he sets out to fleece them for the money he needs to get away. Naturally, this being a formulaic crowd-pleaser, he bonds with the kids and discovers that maybe his life isn't so worthless after all. Fortunately for moviegoers, the creators of Drillbit Taylor (including co-writer Seth Rogen, star of Knocked Up) have the wit to tweak the formula and give what could have been prefabricated and bland some grit, surprises, and genuine laughs (as well as an allusion to this movie's obvious inspiration, the 1980 teen-movie classic My Bodyguard). While nowhere near as funny (or as rude) as Rogen's previous co-writing effort, the dorkily sublime Superbad, Drillbit Taylor benefits from a similar grasp of the genuine cravings and frustrations of adolescence. Still, it's Wilson's movie, and his slacker-romantic rhythm gives the humour its swing. Also featuring Leslie Mann (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), who is woefully underutilised as Wilson's love interest. One sneaky bit of casting: The main bully is played by Alex Frost, who played an unhappy teen driven to shoot up his school in director Gus Van Sant's Elephant. --Bret Fetzer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable escapism 9 April 2008
The only reason I saw `Drillbit Taylor' is because my friend has a bit of a thing for Owen Wilson, not expecting much but fulfilling my duties as a friend I begrudgingly went along. What I did not expect was to see a genuinely funny and enjoyable film. Ok, so the plots not overly intelligent, three newcomers to high school are being bullied, so they hire the services of a bodyguard: Drillbit Taylor (played by Owen Wilson). What we know, but the kids don't, is that Drillbit is actually unemployed and homeless and doesn't really know anything about being a bodyguard. This is where the majority of the comedy stems from; Drillbit's attempts to train the kids, in often bizarre ways frequently leads to laughs.
Admittedly the second half of the film slows down slightly, as we learn a message of friendship and standing up to bullies; but don't take this as a criticism of the film. Indeed this films genuine and heartfelt message, showcasing the plight of the outsider is what makes this film successful.

Not likely to win any awards, `Drillbit Taylor' is enjoyable escapism with plenty of laughs and a heart-warming message at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't bore 28 Feb 2009
In what is basically a comedy vehicle for Owen Wilson, the wonky-nosed star of The Dukes of Hazard, The Royal Tenenbaums and Zoolander plays the eponymous down and out army deserter, who answers an ad placed by three desperate high school nerds who are being victimized by the resident school bully. Wilson strolls through the film displaying his trademark dopey charm, and there are enough laugh out loud moments to make this a decent rental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drillbit Taylor 24 Feb 2012
By MissCxx
I had never heard of this film before i came across it on Amazon, and then i read some of the reviews saying it was boring and not very good. I decided to still buy it and give it ago and to be honest i thought it was great, it kind of reminded me of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and it had some very funny moments. Dont be put off by the reviews its a great little comedy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars drillbit taylor dvd 12 Dec 2011
By emma
great film to watch and own as you can watch time and time again! everyone should have a copy in their dvd collection, very funny!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slight but good fun 12 Jan 2010
I think that a movie critic feels almost obliged to pan this type of movie for reasons of professional credibility. In fact, it's a pretty enjoyable little romp which does pretty much what you'd expect from the trailers. Owen Wilson reprises his role as 'Owen Wilson', here playing a beach bum hired as a sort of bodyguard for some high school kids getting a hard time from the school bullies. It's all good fun and a perfectly decent way to pass an idle hour or so if there's nothing better on the box.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films. 1 Jan 2014
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So funny, good story line and Owen Wilson is laugh out loud - one of his best films. I'd definitely recommend this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 13 Dec 2013
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Owen Wilson is brilliant in this type of role and is genuinely funny as the tramp turned body guard. The films seems to have been overlooked but is worth a viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drillbit taylor 30 Sep 2013
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Great movie! with owen wilson! Very funny, and have seen it many times now! . . . . . .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant film and arrived on time
Published 5 days ago by Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It was great it was so funny and there were no bits were the film sticked I loved it thankyou
Published 12 months ago by Lois George
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dvd
Brought for my brother and he really enjoyed this film and has recommended it to all his friends and gives it a 5 star rating it was in great condition
Published 15 months ago by Rebekah
5.0 out of 5 stars Anti bully edition!
It has to be said-I like it when the bullies get beaten! The bullies like it when they are doing what they like,but with someone like Drillbit -the bullies days are numbered! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 17 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
2.0 out of 5 stars bit of an awful film tbh
not the best film in the world, are a couple of cheap laughs in the film but theyre very few and seem very forced. watchable but would never watch again
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by C. Palmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless and humourless.
When Ryan and Wade manage to incur the wrath of a psychotic bully on their very first day of high school, they pool their money together and place an ad on the internet to hire a... Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Ernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for kids
From an adults point of view this film is ok. It is funny in places and a little bit not so in others. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2010 by Mrs. G. P. Smale
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