TV Review: The Goldbergs 2.17 “The Adam Bomb”
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The Goldbergs
Episode 2.17 “The Adam Bomb”
Created by Adam F. Goldberg
Directed by Lew Schneider
Written by Chris Bishop
Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal
Air date: April 1, 2015, 8:30pm

Happy April Fool’s Day! The Goldbergs 2.17 “The Adam Bomb” review has a few spoilers, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, but it’s a half hour comedy where the problem is always resolved in 23 minutes, so how much can I really spoil anyway?

It is April 1st, 1980-something as we visit our favorite 80’s family on April Fool’s Day. Adam (Sean Giambrone) compared his and Barry’s (Troy Gentile) relationship to the Cold War – Reagan vs Gorbachev and Rocky vs “that ‘roided out monster that killed Apollo Creed.” So Adam decides to play the greatest April’s Fool prank ever. He took Barry’s prize possession, the one thing he was “never to touch with my human oils.” And pretended to destroy it in the dryer.

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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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