Drillbit Taylor (2007) – 6/10 high-school comedy movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Steven Brill
Owen Wilson: Drillbit Taylor
Leslie Mann: Lisa
Nate Hartley: Wade
Troy Gentile: Ryan
David Dorfman: Emmit
Alex Frost: Filkins
Josh Peck: Ronnie
Danny McBride: Don
Stephen Root: Principal Doppler
Co-Producer: Kristofer Brown
Producer: Judd Apatow
Producer: Susan Arnold
Producer: Donna Arkoff Roth
Writer (Story): Edmond Dantes
Writer (Story): Kristofer Brown
Writer (Story): Seth Rogen
Writer (Screenplay): Kristofer Brown
Writer (Screenplay): Seth Rogen

Drillbit Taylor (2007)

Fed up of being constantly bullied and finding to help from the headteacher, three high-school kids hire a bodyguard unaware that their somewhat less-than-standard rate has only managed to attract shiftless bum Drillbit Taylor who is only looking for a easy few hundred dollars so he can get to Canada.

6/10

Not convincing but it gets by on charm. The writers don’t make the mistake of making the hero kids obnoxious (an odd sausage-demanding scene aside) and instantly set up a feeling of genuine friendship between Nate Hartley and Troy Gentile. With the audience on their side, the movie can proceed, but it never ceases to amaze me the number of movies starring children that get this basic element all wrong (Where the Wild Things Are and The Spiderwick Chronicles are two bad examples I’ve attempted to watch in the last week). While bullying is clearly portrayed as a bad thing, there is an interesting pro-bullying flipside presented through a stepfather who proclaims that kids he bullied at school would probably thank him for it now due to it being part of childhood life and preparing them for life. While you may or may not agree, think about this, I’ll bet one or more of the writers were bullied at school and they transferred their bitter experience into piles of money to make this movie.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and strong, but mildly comic, violence and non-sexual nudity, sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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