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Drillbit Taylor (2008)

Drillbit Taylor focuses on the issues that some students deal with on a regular basis in school. Wade (Nate Hartley), Ryan (Troy Gentile) and Emmitt (David Dorfman) deal with the trials and tribulations of high school life when they realize they need help surviving; this is where Drillbit Taylor comes into play. Taylor is an unemployed, homeless bodyguard (of sorts) for hire that makes it his goal to help protect the three boys in their day-to-day life. While the story is somewhat interesting it is the nearly symbiotic relationship between the boys and Drillbit that propels the story forward. Once the boys hire Drillbit to help them navigate the hell that is their high school Drillbit finally comes to the realization that he needs these boys to help him survive as much as they need him. Though the relationship faces a rocky road, the new acquaintances find common ground and are able, by the end of the film, to put their differences aside and solve everyone’s issues. The one-liners in this film are hilarious, cheesy and are, on their own, enough to make the film enjoyable. With the combination of three completely unknown young actors and unique Hollywood star, Owen Wilson, this film could have headed south quickly. It was a risk casting this group together, but a risk that paid off. While it did not pay off financially (and really that is the ultimate goal for filmmakers) it did make for good comedy and an overall enjoyable product.



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