Drillbit Taylor (2008)



Critic Consensus: Owen Wilson's charms can't save Drillbit Taylor, an unfunny, overly familiar bullied-teen comedy.

Movie Info

Two high school freshmen are targeted by the school bully on the first day of school. The boys hire what they think is a low-budget soldier of fortune to protect them, but he turns out to be anything but.

Rating: PG-13 (for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kristofor Brown, Seth Rogen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2008
Box Office: $32.9M
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as Drillbit Taylor

as Filkins' Friend

as Ronnie

as High School Student

as Filkins

as Officer Janero

as Bridgette Bond

as Romeo Montague

as Brooke

as Jessica

as Homeless Uncle Joe

as Woman Driver

as Police Officer

as Computer Owner

as Pawn Shop Owner

as Male Teacher

as Large Kid

as Tattooed Bodyguard

as Guy with Knives

as Police Officer

as Hot Girl

as Teen Blogger

as Ronnie's mom

as Popular Girl

as Dean's Mom

as Random Kid #1

as Bonecrusher

as Mosad Agent

as Kid with Bloody Nose

as Emmit's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Drillbit Taylor

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (35)

The action sags in the middle, but director Steven Brill gets mileage out of some funny cameos and good one-liners.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The characters are so uneven it feels like two different movies awkwardly fused together.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Most of it is the same high school comedy we've been watching since John Hugh's heyday 20 years ago. Everyone is either popular and cruel (because in teenager-land one de facto means the other) or awkward and thus fair game for the popular kids.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

All too kiddie for Apatow's older fan base and a bit too rough and violent to be an all-ages, family-friendly film.

Full Review… | March 29, 2009

...aggressively bland...

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Has enough heart and insight into the complexities of being a teenager today that you can overlook some of its other shortcomings - primarily in the tired act of the titular character.

Full Review… | August 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Drillbit Taylor

Some interesting characters, doesn't make Drillbit Taylor just other bullied-teen comedy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Decent comedy, but with nothing ever memorable going for it, Drillbit Taylor is fun, mindless entertainment that could have been much better. This movie did have some laughs, but it lacked in some area. One of the films biggest faults was Troy Gentile as Ryan, he was totally annoying, and made me lose interest in this one almost. What made this film fun to watch is seeing the three bullies go nuts on the main three characters. I know bullying is a serious issue, but with their antics here, they really stole the show. The film is a decent comedy to watch, it's fun, with a decent cast (aside from Troy Gentile) and it's definitely worth watching. However don't expect the funniest film ever when watching this, there are parts that sometimes don't work, and the film's humor lacks in some areas where it should be really funny. Though it's imperfect, it's still a decent little film to watch and Owen Wilson is pretty funny here as well. The film is worth seeing, but don't expect something great with the comedy and like I said actor Troy Gentile ruined the film as his character was dreadfully annoying. However for what it is, it'll make you laugh a few times. I enjoyed the film, but felt it could have been better. This is a fun little comedy that needed a little bit more thought out comedic material to make it work better, and they could have written out the fat Eminem wannabe, which brought the film down a notch because he was so annoying. Aside from those minor things, Drillbit Taylor is mindless decent fun.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Drillbit Taylor may have an unoriginal story and the characters may be a little stale, but the way everything is executed in this film, it is actually very funny! I found myself finding every situation funny no matter how stupid the origin of the joke really was. I believe that if this didn't have any big stars and the kids were unfunny, this film would have definitely flopped, but overall it is easily enjoyable. Drillbit Taylor is the type of movie you can watch a few times over before the film begins to get old!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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