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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Varney ...
Bill O'Neill ...
Jordan Valacich ...
Cute Girl on Stairs (as Jordan Valley)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The best bodyguard pocket money can buy. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$32,853,640 (USA) (13 June 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A friend of Judd Apatow at Paramount told him he had a treatment that John Hughes was never able to finish a script on. He asked Seth Rogen to take a look at it. They made the movie in the tradition of a John Hughes teen comedy. See more »


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 »


Emmit: You're the bitch!
Filkins: Huh?
Emmit: AAAAAH that's right!
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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 »


References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Throw It On Me
Written by Tim Mosley, Nicholaus Arson and Timothy Clayton
Performed by Tim Mosley (as Timbaland) featuring The Hives
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Wilson's charm keeps "Drillbit" afloat
5 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Drillbit Taylor is the latest Apatow/Frat Pack movie. It isn't great and it isn't awful. Rogen's screenplay disappointed me, he did such a good job on Superbad. This movie will be compared to Superbad and rightfully so. It basically serves as a prelude to Superbad. Owen Wilson does his usual. Wilson's charm and improv skills keep this movie afloat. I think that if this movie was rated R it would have fared better with reviews and box office performance. Overall though its a must see for Frat Pack fans and Wilson fans. I also wish Owen well in his upcoming projects and i hope he is well on the road to recovery.


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