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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:
... Wade
... Ryan
... Jim
... Drillbit Taylor
... Chuck
... Nick
... Dolores
... Barbara
... Frightened Dad
... Not for Pot Driver
... Attractive Woman Driver
... Ronnie's Mom
Bill O'Neill ... Dean
... Bus Driver
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

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Budget Bodyguard See more »

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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 »

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Official site | Paramount [France]

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21 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bodyguard interrogation scene, where the kids eventually meet Drillbit (Owen Wilson), was the first scene filmed of the whole production. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Drillbit Taylor: Godammit, I'm sick of getting hit by this kid.
Ryan: C'mon, Drillbit, kick his ass.
Drillbit Taylor: I can't, he's a minor.
Kid: No, he's not. He's 18.
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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 8 Mile (2002) See more »

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Bad Ass
Written by Jacques Slade and Lamar Van Sciver
Performed by KU
Courtesy of Park Bench Entertainment
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Fairly average but still enjoyable
29 March 2008 | by See 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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