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DRILLBIT TAYLOR

Ryan (Troy Gentile), Wade (Nate Hartley), and Emmitt (David Dorfman) attend their first day at high school and they`re pumped until they meet 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 sort of protection by placing an ad in a 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 existence on the beach.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 15 May 2008
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Owen Wilson
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Watch this if you liked: "Superbad", "The Pacifier", "Knocked Up"

From the producers who brought you "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Grosse Point Blank", this juvenile comedy is a step back into your insufferable years at high school, dealing with the age-old conflict between nerds and bullies. Seth Rogen, whom we remember as Katherine Heigl's accidental lover in "Knocked Up", co-wrote this piece alongside Kristofor Brown, who wrote the likes of "Beavis And Butthead". A peek at these people's repertoire reveals plenty about the inspiration behind "Drillbit Taylor", which isn't grossly deep or inspirational to start with, but perhaps is a tribute to the underdogs they all once were.

The film begins on the first day of high school where chubby but bravado Ryan (Troy Gentile), freakishly skinny Wade (newcomer Nate Hartley) and their newfound shrimpy friend Emmit (David Dorfman) begin the first day of the rest of their lives. Wanting nothing more than a peaceful passage through their teenage years, the trio knows that they are doomed to the bottom of the popularity ladder and fast becomes the target of the school bullies. A few confrontations later, they realise that it's going to take them more than an escape route to ditch the bullies, and they hire a bodyguard to take care of things.

Of course, where does one find a seedy bodyguard except from the Internet? Owen Wilson stars as the title character Drillbit - a bum and loser who, not wanting to look for a decent job, spends his days begging at the highway and sleeps in a makeshift tent in the woods next to it. Coming across the boys' online ad, Drillbit applies with ulterior motives, although he bears no ill intention towards the boys. He really just wants to cheat them out of their money and belongings to fund his way to Canada. Why Canada? Because the beers are twice as potent, he says.

Seem a little pointless? Only because it is. The film has a few things that could be elaborated on but is too lazy to develop. The story felt trivial, thus making the characters awfully thin in personality. Drillbit's nonchalant attitude holds so little depth that viewers can't be bothered with his reasoning, making him the idiot of the story rather than the geeky boys in question. Like the children's movie "The Pacifier", Wilson's character resembles that of Vin Diesel's, supposedly meant to be hated and then loved at the end but as the plot progresses, we never learn to sympathise with Drillbit, whose petty aspirations only serve to annoy the hell out of people.

The three boys also make a weary threesome, despite the fact that they all look the part, and Drillbit's whirlwind lust affair with a high-school teacher is nothing more than a last minute addition to beef things up with a dash of sex - not to mention his unusual habit of showering naked at the beach shower.

Wilson is a good comedic actor - he did well in "The Wedding Crashers" - but this film undermines his talents, as well as an actor. At least his crooked nose justifies the amount of punches in the face he got in this film.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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