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  • Summary: Ryan, Wade, and Emmit attend their first day at high school and they're pumped...until they meet up with Filkins, a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins' reign of terror, they seek out some protection by placing an ad inRyan, Wade, and Emmit attend their first day at high school and they're pumped...until they meet up with Filkins, a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins' reign of terror, they seek out some protection by placing an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response (and the cheapest) comes from Drillbit Taylor, a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune who lives a homeless--he likes to say "home-free"--existence on the beach. He enrolls them in some physical and mental training. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Even if this movie doesn't quite hit the highs of its predecessor, it's nice to know that there are still filmmakers ready to respect the eternal struggles of freaks and geeks.
  2. This latest whiffle ball from Team Apatow is a mildly amusing comedy.
  3. 50
    Wilson's funny. Mann's funny. But paired together here, nothing works.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    Better luck next time, Owen.
  5. 50
    The film emits a subtle yet distinct John Hughes vibe.
  6. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    40
    It just scrapes two stars on the strength of Wilson’s best efforts. But for God’s sake, someone give this man a sparring partner.
  7. 20
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. KathyS.
    Mar 31, 2008
    10
    That movie is so funny...thats kids show to the people how too much children's feel before and after they first day at high school...bay That movie is so funny...thats kids show to the people how too much children's feel before and after they first day at high school...bay the way is funny jajajaja. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    9
    A hilarious movie that deals with the internal struggles of the high school losers (like myself). Owen Wilson is hilarious and so are theA hilarious movie that deals with the internal struggles of the high school losers (like myself). Owen Wilson is hilarious and so are the kids. a lot of the films funniest moments happen when the four of them are on the screen together. If your looking for a hilarious movie look no further. You will laugh. Expand
  3. May 25, 2012
    8
    It is very funny and Owen Wilson is great here. While the story isn't quite top notch, there are a lot of exciting moments.
  4. WilliamT
    Sep 6, 2008
    6
    It's cliched and predictable but Drillbit Taylor is worth a watch if you are a fan of Wilson. And that's about it really.
  5. JayH.
    Jun 25, 2008
    5
    All too familiar plot, not very original. Funny at times but not often enough. Plenty of cliche's. The performers try, but they All too familiar plot, not very original. Funny at times but not often enough. Plenty of cliche's. The performers try, but they can't do much with stale material. Expand
  6. ChadS.
    Mar 23, 2008
    5
    "My Bodyguard" had John Houseman. "Drillbit Taylor" has a house party. Old school wins. Three boys(one straight, one totally gay, one...the "My Bodyguard" had John Houseman. "Drillbit Taylor" has a house party. Old school wins. Three boys(one straight, one totally gay, one...the jury is out) need protection from a school bully(who is like a malevolent Ferris Bueller; everybody likes him, even the principle). They place an ad. They hire a bum. Since Drillbit(Owen Wilson) doesn't attend classes, he poses as a substitute teacher. If you're unwilling to suspend your belief that school authorities wouldn't be aware of a stranger in their midst, "Drillbit Taylor" will try your patience. It tried mine. Without big laughs, the film can't cover its tracks. We notice the fallacy of the plot. In Richard Linklater's "The School of Rock", you went with the flow; you didn't care that the substitute teacher was teaching his class how to rock without any repercussions from the principal. Making Drillbit an army deserter is a nice touch. He's a pacifist, a modern-day Siegfried Sassoon(the famed English poet who protested the first world war; immortalized in Pat Barker's award-winning novel "Regeneration"). He'll fight only if the reason is just. But Drillbit, evidently, doesn't have a problems with torture. In one scene, he leaves his employers' tormentors hanging in mid-air, in the dark, pelted with machine-fired tennis balls. It's just another example of lazy screenwriting in a lazy attempt to evoke Judd Apatow's "Freaks and Geeks". Expand
  7. KevinC.
    Jul 14, 2008
    1
    Stupid movie. I can't believe I wasted my time watching this. Not worthy of being mass produced for the public.

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