Drillbit Taylor (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 (for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity)
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Owen Wilson
as Drillbit Taylor
Jonathan Lane
as Filkins' Friend
Josh Peck
as Ronnie
Shane Ryan
as High School Student
Alex Frost
as Filkins
Stacy Arnell
as Officer Janero
Meredith Deane
as Bridgette Bond
Blaise Garza
as Romeo Montague
Chris Stein
as Guitar
Valerie Tian
as Brooke
Janet Varney
as Jessica
Joe Wilson
as Homeless Uncle Joe
Rakefet Abergel
as Woman Driver
George Anton
as Police Officer
Steve Bannos
as Computer Owner
Matt Besser
as Pawn Shop Owner
David Bowe
as Male Teacher
Andrew Caldwell
as Large Kid
as Tattooed Bodyguard
Samira Damavandi
as Cute Kid
Roger Fan
as Guy with Knives
Mo gallini
as Police Officer
Katie Gill
as Hot Girl
Kyle Kaplan
as Teen Blogger
Lisa Lampanelli
as Ronnie's mom
Alison Martin
as Dean's Mom
Eddy Martin
as Random Kid #1
Robert Allen Mukes
as Bonecrusher
Amir Perets
as Mosad Agent
Austin Rogers
as Kid with Bloody Nose
Hynden Walch
as Emmit's Mom
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All Critics (142) | 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

'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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Drillbit Taylor is as clunky and humorless as its title.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Maybe I should have bought popcorn; this movie undoubtedly goes down better when it's partially drowned out by munching.

March 21, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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
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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