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Drillbit Taylor (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 March 2008 (USA)
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Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

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Storyline

Homeless veteran Bob 'Drillbit' Taylor manages to enjoy life anyhow and even saves some cash for his dream, an 'all-paid' move to Alaska, even if that may take many years. His dream comes within reach when clever nerd Wade, has fat friend Ryan 'T-dog' and cocky shrimp Jim, all new to high-school, are bullied so badly by emancipated Filkins and his buddies that they advertise for a bodyguard. Only Drillbit seems affordable and not crazy, so he's hired and drains their pocket-money and home content. He's clueless how to protect them but gives them (bogus) self-defense classes. Written by KGF Vissers

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Budget Bodyguard See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,309,986 (USA) (21 March 2008)

Gross:

$32,853,640 (USA) (13 June 2008)
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John Hughes' final film as a writer before his death in 2009. As in Beethoven (1992) and Maid in Manhattan (2002), he requested his name be removed (since so much was changed between script and movie) and is credited as Edmond Dantes, title character of Le Comte de Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père. See more »

Goofs

When Drillbit is talking to Don about going to Canada, he says that a ticket would cost roughly about $287, he'd have to throw in $50 for bribing the Mounties and a good winter jacket would cost about $80. He said that the total cost would be $387 all together, but if you add up the cost of the bribe and jacket, which is a total of $130, to the cost of the ticket, $287, the total cost would be $417, not $387. See more »

Quotes

Emmit: I'm not a hobbit!
Drillbit Taylor: [to Ryan] Emmit's not a hobbit, I don't think.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show a scene of a kid walking into the nurses office asking for help (similar to what Drillbit did when he got punched). Drillbit appears as the school nurse, who then asks the kid who punched him and promising him it will "never happen again". See more »

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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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I Ain't Your Savior
Written by Gene Buerger
Performed by Bullets and Octane
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Owen Wilson: Army of One
22 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since I wrote one of these but thanks mainly to Owen Wilson for another hilarious (yes and interchangeable) role, this movie was funny enough to get motivated once again.

The premise is obviously pretty simple and has been done before in both bodyguard and teen movies (Superbad and My Bodyguard come to mind...duh). The beauty of this movie it combines the two genres with Owen Wilson's natural comedic talent and three capable younger actors resulting in a mostly funny comedy that is unique from the rest.

There was an interesting metaphor contained in one of the trailers showing Drillbit telling the kids he's taking them under his wing. The reason I say this is interesting is because this is how it mostly worked for the movie's humor. It took almost 15 minutes for it to really get started. Don't get me wrong, there were some funny parts that didn't involve him like the bodyguard interviews (gotta love Frank Whaley's cameo), Ryan's rap off with the bully and the two hitting each other but the biggest laughs for me were from Owen Wilson. To be fair though, Owen was at his best when the kids were involved. I loved the way he approached this "job" with one part seriousness, one part B.S. and two parts hilarious. I was dying when he was holding up that kid's burning popsicle stick project up to the sprinklers and just the general training conversations just to illustrate that recipe.

Overall, this storyline was nothing brilliant but as in You Me and Dupree, Owen Wilson manages to take something that could be rather mediocre turning it into an enjoyable and endearing comedy. True, he really didn't do it by himself as I'd try to make you believe. I mean the way the bullies were portrayed was a very convincing and effective factor that helped sell this one as well and who could forget the lovely Leslie Mann in an interesting and sometimes funny romantic subplot. To sum it all up, if you liked the trailers you're going to like this movie. And a shout to all the people who replied in my thread that convinced me to go myself. You were right.


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