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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.


Steven Brill


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





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)


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


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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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Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard See more »


Box Office


$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


| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When the Tiger Services bodyguard is being interviewed and puts his hand in the cup of coffee from another table, the smoke moves out of the cup and down, although real coffee smoke/steam would just go up. 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 »


References Black Cat (1959) See more »


All Along The Watchtower
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Adam Ho
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User Reviews

Drilbit Taylor Will Save The Kids
5 September 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Drilbit Taylor' is a teen movie that revolves around three highschool students being bullied and in order to protect themselves they plan to hire a bodyguard. The film has its own charm and is quite likable thanks mostly to Wilson's chemistry with the three teens. Another thing I liked about this movie is that it wasn't overloaded with sex and crudeness which seems to be a forced compulsory requirement of every teen movie these days (a recent example being the awful 'Superbad'). The teen actors, Nate Hartley and Troy Gentile are very good. Hartley particularly gives a natural performance. Owen Wilson uses his superb comic timing and does nothing short of great. What I didn't like about 'Drilbit Taylor' is that it tends to go unnecessarily over the top with some sequences and the fight scene in the end is a little too violent. The bullying scenes were meant to be funny (at least that's the impression I got given the background score and the way it was executed) but with me they had the opposite effect and I wonder how kids who are actually bullied would feel after watching such scenes being used as comic relief. However on the other hand, it might be uplifting to them as the point of the movie was to stand up for oneself and his friends. Anyway, 'Drilbit Taylor' is fun entertainment. Not the best of its kind but still good enough.

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