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Drillbit Taylor (2008)

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25

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 106

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

20

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 28

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

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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.

PG-13,

Comedy

Kristofor Brown, Seth Rogen

Jul 1, 2008

$32.9M

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

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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'Drillbit Taylor' is a bit of a giggle, but it lacks bite and direction: even the old prom showdown routine would have enlivened this aimless comedy.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The constant fighting and punching gets nastier and less funny, the film drags on for far too long, and the ending is uninspired and predictable.

March 24, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Drillbit Taylor is as clunky and humorless as its title.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (2)
USA Today
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Maybe I should have bought popcorn; this movie undoubtedly goes down better when it's partially drowned out by munching.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Despite sharing a producer in comedy-genius-of-the-moment Judd Apatow, a co-writer in Seth Rogen and somewhat similar territory, Drillbit Taylor doesn't measure up to the raunchy classic that gave the world McLovin.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The characters are so uneven it feels like two different movies awkwardly fused together.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

...aggressively bland...

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A distaff version of Weird Science with a similar metaphysical disregard for logic

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Wilson proves again that he's a quick-witted comedic treasure—he's the sort of actor who gets hired to make mediocre movies almost good by his sheer force of comic will. [Blu-Ray]

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...silly, sentimental, sometimes cruel, often clumsy, mostly unfunny, and frustratingly inane.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

What worked for me were the three kids, but every time Wilson shows up the movie comes to a complete halt.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Leaves its stain less on [Luke] Wilson than on the fellows who are trying to harness his smirk and his persona without the delicate touch that [Wes] Anderson and Wilson made look easy.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Comment (1)
Paste Magazine

You can pretty much tell which parts were written by Seth Rogen. That was probably why 50% of the movie was actually funny.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

Earns plenty of laughs without sinking to gross-out levels.

May 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Maybe it's because I had low expectations going in, but whatever the case may be I was unable to wipe the smile off my face throughout most of the film.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

He (Wilson) has played every variation of the stoned surfer guy imaginable and here the act begins to wear thin

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Wilson is perfectly cast as a beach bum who passes as a bodyguard for teens

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

The kids are generally good, and Frost makes a really convincing psycho, but the energy level is generally dragged down by Wilson, who gives a depressive edge to his zillionth version of this character.

April 3, 2008 | Comment (1)

Produced by Judd Apatow and co-written by Seth Rogen, Drillbit Taylor has a been there, done that quality reminiscent of Superbad if it were much tamer and less funnier.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Insufferably mean-spirited, "Drillbit Taylor" is, believe it or not, a movie about bullies aimed at young people.

March 30, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It mixes big laughs with a lot of heart taking a premise built on a group of disparate losers and turning it into a hilarious winner in every way imaginable.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Drillbit Taylor

Some interesting characters, doesn't make Drillbit Taylor just other bullied-teen comedy.
April 10, 2013
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.
June 29, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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!
July 30, 2011
KJ Proulx

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    1. Ronnie: Holy crap, you guys are retarded!
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    1. Drillbit Taylor: So what'd you do to provoke him?
    2. Wade: Well, he's fat, he's a dork, and I'm awesome.
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    1. Filkins: Because you're Siamese queers, bitches!
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    1. Drillbit Taylor: Crap on a shit sandwich!
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    1. Don: There not scared of me, I'm sexy.
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