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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Owen Wilson, Nate Hatley, Troy Gentile, David Dorfman, Leslie Mann, Danny McBride, Josh Peck, Stephen Root
Director: Steven Brill
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2008



- Commentary by Steven Brill, Kristofor Brown, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley, David Dorfman
- The Writers Get A Chance to Talk:
Kristofor Brown & Seth Rogen
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Line-O-Rama
- Gag Reel



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Bahasa Indonesia/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




"Owen Wilson is Hilarious" in this laugh-out-loud comedy as Drillbit Taylor, a down-on-his-luck soldier of fortune and self-professed martial arts expert. Three nerdy high school kids, desperate for a way to exact revenge on their nemeses – two school bullies – end up hiring Drillbit’s budget bodyguard services and they get what they pay for.

Drillbit takes this bumbling band of misfits under his wing and, with his zany and oddball training methods, leads them as they turn the tables on their attackers and take back their school!


Before he went all messy over Kate Hudson and lands himself in hospital, Owen Wilson did a Judd Apatow produced movie called "Drillbit Taylor" earlier this year. The genuinely funny guy has been playing the 'slacker' role in countless movies before and with "Taylor" proves he could take a break from movies and also romance for a while.

Wilson plays Drillbit an ex-US army ranger or so he claimed who landed himself a job protecting three high school freshmen, Wade, Ryan and Emmit from the school’s notorious bully, Filkins.

What really engages the audience in "Taylor" perhaps is the chemistry between the young cast. Nate Hartley who plays Wade (somewhat reminiscent of Michael Cera from "Juno") is amazing with Ryan (Troy Gentile, an upcoming younger version of Seth Rogen). The bantering is humourous, naughty but within the realm of a PG movie. The writings which came from Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen established the boys’ friendships with great results but the Drillbit character on the other hand is slightly weaker.

Does anyone out there actually like a slacker or a bum who begs for money, showers naked on a beach and sits in a coffeeshop with the rest of his slacker friends groaning about their future? Unless he is Owen Wilson of course. To be honest, we are not really inspired by the character of Taylor and it’s implausible that the writers turned him into a hero towards the end. With less than stellar reviews for "Drillbit Taylor", Owen should preferably backup and search for a script that truly calls for his talent instead of hanging on to the usual slacker roles.

Since this is billed as a comedy, we have to also overlook the fact that Taylor can easily penetrate into a high school as a substitute teacher and well, managed to hook up with a sex-starved teacher (Leslie Mann, Apatow’s real-life wife). Secondly, you have to again overlook Filkins almost psychotic ways in tormenting the boys. You mean there’s no one in the school that knows about Youtube? No evidence to prove Filkins’ bully acts? There’s a character that uses his handphone to capture the torturous acts but it’s never established further. It’s a comedy after all.

Despite all the unbelievable plotting and weak setups, "Drillbit Taylor" on the whole is fun, rowdy courtesy of the antics and wicked lines from the young cast with breaking voices, just don’t go around poking for logical explanations.


Commentary by Steven Brill, Kristofor Brown, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley, David Dorfman – It’s not necessary the best commentary track unlike the one for "Knocked Up" but the director, writer and the teenage cast serves up some decent bits about the production.

The Writers Get A Chance to Talk: Kristofor Brown & Seth Rogen – Rogen must be a busy man nowadays because this 14 minutes interview was conducted by Brown over a phone with Rogen who was on set filming another movie.

Deleted & Extended Scenes – This segment runs over 17 minutes with extended scenes involving the teens interviewing prospective bodyguards at Coffee Bean and a pitiful scene which has the Emmit character being bullied by Filkins and company while urinating.

Line-O-Rama – See the cast improvised their lines all over and over again and also you learnt that an 'ass' word is not permitted in a PG-13 movie.

Gag Reel – A 4 minutes blooper reel to end the extra features.


The video transfer is generally good with no apparent flaws and artifacts spotted. In fact, the images look bright and crisp on the whole. With Dolby Digital 5.1, the dialogue is strong and ambience sound effects such as water splashing, car braking contributes to the surround.



Review by Linus Tee


. Drillbit Taylor (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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