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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:
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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Wade has a step-dad in this film, there is no mention of his biological father. See more »


Filkins' car doesn't have a front plate, which all cars in the state of California are supposed to have. This could simply be an addition to his long list of misdeeds. See more »


Filkins: Catch me off guard? You broke my stairs? My father loved those stairs!
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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 »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 22 March 2008 (2008) See more »


The Champ
Written by Ghostface Killah (as Dennis Coles) and Just Blaze (as Justin Smith)
Performed by Ghostface Killah
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Oh Judd, disappointing
12 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film after I got kicked out of rec. Which looked much better and was. The film disappointing especially because of the high quality films Apatow usually puts out there.

Starts of with the kids getting bullied and finding a "bodygaurd" who will work cheap. It has morals like all the other Judd Apatow films yet these morals are so in your face, it's incredibly annoying. The plot is predictable from the start and The actors playing the kids are annoying, bad at acting and very strange looking (I couldn't keep my eye off the small kid with braces, he was so strange looking it was distracting) all rolled into one.

However, if you can get past this, the film has some funny yet forgettable moments. Most of these involving Owen Wilson who is the angel of this below average movie. He has a great charisma about him in all his films, however he needs some sparring partner to hit lines off rather than a bunch of strange looking 14 year old kids.

In conclusion, the film is below average yet has some funny parts, most of them becoming overshadowed by the poor acting and predictable plot. Highly Disappointing for a Apatow film.

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