Paramount Pictures | Release Date: March 21, 2008
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Generally favorable reviews based on 59 Ratings
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WilliamTSep 6, 2008
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.
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MWAug 7, 2008
Average Movie...Feels like more of the same but not nearly as satisfying as some of his other films.
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ChadS.Mar 23, 2008
"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 "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
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KellyPApr 11, 2008
Drillbit Taylor is a predictable but still mildly funny movie. During the first ten minutes of the film I predicted exactly what would happen during the film: kids hire bodyguard, bodyguard protects kids(sort of), kids figure out bodyguard Drillbit Taylor is a predictable but still mildly funny movie. During the first ten minutes of the film I predicted exactly what would happen during the film: kids hire bodyguard, bodyguard protects kids(sort of), kids figure out bodyguard is a fraud, everyone is happy and makes up, the end. Owen Wilson was not very funny. The best part of the movie was the three hilarious kids. Overall, I felt like I Expand
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JakeH.May 24, 2008
This movie was a complete disaster. It wasn't even funny, Owen Wilson wasn't the best guy for the job and the movie had no plot to it, except that you have to bully people and the children should be ashamed of themselves for hiring This movie was a complete disaster. It wasn't even funny, Owen Wilson wasn't the best guy for the job and the movie had no plot to it, except that you have to bully people and the children should be ashamed of themselves for hiring a full grown man to bully people. Expand
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GusMar 23, 2008
The main teenage geeks were the only tepid highlight. Wilson was a bore. Every time his crooked nose showed up the pace bogged down and you began to wonder how much longer. All the other roles were filler material. Nobody stood out, or could The main teenage geeks were the only tepid highlight. Wilson was a bore. Every time his crooked nose showed up the pace bogged down and you began to wonder how much longer. All the other roles were filler material. Nobody stood out, or could stand out, with such a pedestrian story. Very forgettable. Expand
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JayH.Jun 25, 2008
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.
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JawsPapi87Aug 10, 2011
This is full of cheesy dialogue, bad performances (even from the usually funny Owen Wilson) and comes together for an overall unoriginal and weak comedy
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cameronmorewoodNov 15, 2012
If you're like me, diluted Apatow is still better than no Apatow at all.
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Compi24Nov 28, 2012
The film's lead is entertaining and likable, but the film overall seems too artificial to be taken seriously.
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