DVD Review: Drillbit Taylor (Blu-ray)

Drillbit Taylor
Directed Steven Brill
Starring Owen Wilson, Nate Hartley, and Troy Gentile
Paramount Home Video
Release Date: July 1, 2008

I have to admit, when I started to watch Drillbit Taylor, I wasn’t expecting much. I am always wary of movies that ride the coattails of a film director’s previous success, in this Judd Apatow (who serves as a producer for this film). In this case though, I am happy to report that Drillbit Taylor is a rather pleasant surprise, thanks to the cast and their chemistry.

High School freshmen Wade and Ryan (Nate Hartley and Troy Gentile) try their best to “reinvent” themselves for the new school but things don’t turn out so good. First, they come to school in the same shirt and when Wade sticks his neck to aid a fellow school from a pair of bullies, things go from bad to worst. When the bullying becomes too much to bear, Wade decides to place an ad online seeking the help of a professional bodyguard. What they get is Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), a former man of the military and now a homeless man. Using the gullible kids as cash cows at first, Taylor grows fond of the boys and tries to help them face the bullies head on.

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