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Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor
Starring:
Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, David Dorfman, Owen Wilson and Leslie Mann


Rated: PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 21, 2008 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Three nerdy kids hire a bodyguard to protect them from a neurotic bully and his pal. The kids are picked on from the first day of high school and decide to pool their money to pay for some muscle.

Tall, skinny and be speckled Wade (Nate Hartley) comes up with the plan, and best friend, overweight Ryan (Troy Gentile) and tag-along Emmit (David Dorfman), a short kid who enjoys show tunes, interview perspective guards in a local coffee shop.

They hire Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson) who tells them of his special cops experience. What Taylor leaves out, is that he's AWOL and homeless. He lives in the woods of Santa Monica, washes at the public beach shower and begs money from passing motorists.

The kids and Taylor communicate with walkie-talkies and his promise that he will always watch their backs leads to Taylor dressing up in Wade's father's clothing and pretending to be a substitute teacher, which is a scary premise in itself. The gig also allows him to cozy up to the cute English teacher (Leslie Mann).

But, all is not smooth sailing, as Taylor and his criminal pals help themselves to Wade's parents possessions and the kids still get beaten up regularly.

Co-written and produced by Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow, there are a few humorous moments, but not enough. If the film works at all, it's because of the kids, who are natural and likeable and we believe they could be friends in real life.

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