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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00147AK7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stars Owen Wilson in a comedy about two kids who hire a bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

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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 By S. N. Denton on 9 April 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Captain Pugwash on 28 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 4 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Good enough premise, decent set of actors. But the film drags and for the 90 or so minutes it lasts it feels like a long time. It could be that traditional Hollywood 3 act structure was dispensed with here as an experiment. If so, it didn't work.

In terms of the film's setting, it feels like they've just written the screenplay and filmed it without exploring the cinematic milieu. It's as if it's been rushed into without viewing classics like If.... [1968] [DVD], Brick [DVD], Three O'clock High [DVD], Kes [DVD] [1969], Zero De Conduite [VHS] [1933], and others that I can't be bothered to find the ASIN for such as Bad Santa, Revenge of the Nerds, The Breakfast Club, and Grange Hill (the 1983 episode where Gripper Stebson gets pwnd by Bullet Baxter - with nothing more than words).

A wasted opportunity in many respects. But I did manage to watch it all the way through, even if the film is pitifully short on laughs for what is supposed to be a comedy. Full marks to Owen Wilson for this one though - he brings a sense of narrative and depth to the proceedings that - had another actor been chosen - would likely just not be there at all.

Other stuff. The photography on this film is uninspired. The direction is, in the main, soporific. One highlight for me (among few) was the inclusion of the Ghostface Killah track "The Champ" in the soundtrack.

One for your LoveFilm C list.
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By Ernie on 18 July 2010
Format: DVD
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 bodyguard to protect them. After interviewing several candidates they settle for Drillbit Taylor, who claims to be a master of martial arts, an ex-mercenary and cheap. The trouble is Drillbit is really a homeless beggar intent on scamming them out of their money and possessions in order to raise enough money to move to Canada.
This is predictable run of the mill fodder where you know after letting the boys down Drillbit is going to redeem himself and come good by the end of the film and even for this type of film it is well below average. Its biggest problem is that in parts it's a bit too risqué to be a kids film and far too juvenile to hold the attention of most adults and pretty much humourless throughout. Add to that an unoriginal and unbelievable plotline and an idiotic ending which seems to advocate that using violence to solve violence is the best option and a lesson which I'm guessing most parents wouldn't want their kids to be taught.
If you're looking for something that's a bit different to watch with the kids I would opt for Disney's "Holes" or "Problem Child", and if you're looking for something a bit more mature themed then check out "Blades Of Glory", "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and the superb "Step Brothers", but avoid this turkey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dublinia on 12 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MissCxx on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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