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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.

Director:

Steven Brill

Writers:

Kristofor Brown (screenplay), Seth Rogen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nate Hartley ... Wade
Troy Gentile ... Ryan
Ian Roberts ... Jim
Owen Wilson ... Drillbit Taylor
Casey Boersma ... Chuck
Dylan Boersma ... Nick
Lisa Ann Walter ... Dolores
Beth Littleford ... Barbara
David Koechner ... Frightened Dad
Matt Walsh ... Not for Pot Driver
Janet Varney ... Attractive Woman Driver
Lisa Lampanelli ... Ronnie's Mom
Bill O'Neill Bill O'Neill ... Dean
Shaun Weiss ... Bus Driver
Jordan Valacich Jordan Valacich ... Cute Girl on Stairs (as Jordan Valley)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The best bodyguard pocket money can buy. See more »

Genres:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,309,986, 23 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,853,640, 15 June 2008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 Dantès, title character of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. 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 »

Connections

References Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Fairly average but still enjoyable
29 March 2008 | by SuperbeastoSee all my reviews

There's not much new you can really do with a high school comedy, but at least the notion of Owen Wilson playing a jakey posing as a bodyguard promises a few laughs and a half.

It's a decent enough family comedy, and there are a few laugh out loud moments, but they're spread too thin to make this a classic jape. The 3 bullied teens are hugely likable though, and Wilson has such an easygoing charm that it's difficult not to enjoy it, even if he does work better when he's got a proper sparring partner to riff off.

The end result is likable without being lovable, funny without being hilarious and enjoyable without being particularly memorable.


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