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Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Owen Wilson , Josh Peck , Steven Brill  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Josh Peck, Alex Frost, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile
  • Directors: Steven Brill
  • Writers: John Hughes, Kristofor Brown, Seth Rogen
  • Producers: Andrew Epstein, Desiree Van Til, Donna Roth, Judd Apatow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00168ML0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ryan (Troy Gentile), Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorfman) attend their first day at high school and they're pumped... until they meet up with Filkins (Alex Frost), 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 (Owen Wilson), 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Entertaining Enough To Make You Yawn April 22, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First off I bought this Blu-ray for like a buck, so how could I go wrong. Even with shipping it was like $4. In the end, however, I still felt slightly ripped off. Not sure what Owen Wilson was thinking after making such great movies as The Royal Tannenbaums and The Life Aquatic, hell even Wedding Crashers, but perhaps he didn't even read the script before signing on. Here you have a group of misfit kids starting high school. You have the shy skinny geek and the fat outlandish geek and they wind up teaming up with the spastic incoherent geek and there off. Day one and they make the acquaintance of the school bully and his toady (Josh from Drake & Josh no less)and the beatings, pantsings, and arbitrary humiliations begin. Tired of the same thing every day, our three geeky heroes decide to hire a bodyguard. Enter Drillbit Taylor (Wilson) a homeless layabout who needs to earn some cash to make his way to Canada where he believes the good life is. The geek squad hires Drillbit thinking that he is some ex-paramilitary killing machine and all their problems with the bully will be over. No. Drillbit is just a jerk and he's totally afraid of violence. He's there for the money. You can see where this is going, right?

Seriously, the premise here has been used so many times that even to mock it would be a waste of time. The kids are charming and funny and pathetic and that makes you remember how you were when high school was the scariest place on earth. But the bully is over 18 and emancipated and some of the things he does to the three are so outrageous as to require jail time. So in the end, the movie just comes off as irritating. Wilson looks bored here, as if he can't even believe he's a part of this train wreck. Perhaps he was drunk when he signed the contract?
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drillbit Taylor April 4, 2008
Wade (Hartley), Ryan (Gentile), and Emmitt (Dorfman) are three nerdy kids in need of protection. School bully Filkins (Frost) has decided to make their lives a living hell. After about a week of dealing with this, they decide to hire a bodyguard. Constrained by money, they opt for Drillbit Taylor (Wilson), an ex-military man who is currently homeless and trying to make enough money to get to Canada. Drillbit is less than impressive though, and has to come up with a plan quickly if he wants to help the kids and himself as well.

"Drillbit Taylor" fits the mold of the Judd Apatow-produced films, albeit in PG-13 form. Think of it as Judd Apatow-light, and that is fine because he knows what makes good movies. Sweetness, likeable characters, and raunchy comedy make up the mix, and for "Drillbit Taylor", the raunchiness is toned back to give it a PG-13 rating. Wilson is very good as Drillbit, a con-man of sorts that really isn't that good at things. "Drillbit Taylor" is an amusing addition to the Apatow family of films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Comedy with Very Few Laughs March 26, 2013
Format:DVD
Drillbit Taylor is a forgettable, unengaging, and rather bland comedy. I typically enjoy Wilson's work but this just couldn't hold my attention. The story is average and the characters are uninteresting. There are a few funny one-liners, and some funny cameos, but they are few and far between. The rest of the film is predictable, formulaic, and not at all clever.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Bully Was 18 The Whole Time! September 6, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Taken on its own, Drillbit Taylor is a film that's too grounded in reality to be that funny. Considering the pedigree involved in writing the project, add the phrase "Exceedingly disappointing" to it also. You see, John Hughes came up with the story, and Seth Rogan co-wrote the screenplay. No, this isn't an Ethan Cohen vs. Etan Cohen situation here, these are the John Hughes & Seth Rogan that you know and love. So how did this film go so wrong?

First off, the story. The plot revolves around three bullied kids hiring a bodyguard to protect them, except the bodyguard is actually a homeless person, and doesn't really have any credentials to be bodyguarding. Sound familiar? It should. The plot derives cliches from every bully plot or sub-plot in movie history, every character pretending who they're not, then being found out plot or sub-plot you've ever seen, and a myriad of other random high school cliches. And since the script was co-written by Seth Rogan, who also did Superbad, you can derive a dozen similarities to that movie as well. In fact, in that respect, Drillbit Taylor seems like the prequel to Superbad. There's the tall, geeky kid that has trouble with the ladies. There's his smart-mouthed friend, who also happens to be chubby. And they even have their third member, who isn't really a core member, but can be helpful/crazy when you need him to be. But Michael Cera, Jonah Hill & Christopher Mintz-Plasse these kids aren't. They're bad actors, and they sell little if anything about their characters. The adults are good actors, but with the exception of Owen Wilson and maybe Danny McBride, everybody is reduced to little more than cartoon characters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID This movie December 28, 2012
By mane
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Despite I am a big fan of Mr. Owen Wilson, I have to say that with this movie he has reach a deep bottom.
This movie is not funny at all. If you have extra money, don't invest in this movie; give it to some veteran association.
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