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Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor

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In Theatres: 
Mar 21, 2008
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 42 Minutes

I enjoyed myself while watching this film, though in the back of my mind what I knew about its writers and director definitely lowered its grade. For starters, 80’s writer/director John Hughes was involved in the story aspect of the film, and knowing that the usual Hughes moments were abundantly clear. Oddly enough I thought Rogan’s usual sense of humor was absent from this film. It was present in a light way but not as potent as the other films he’s co-written.

Would he play himself as usual and give his off kilter almost no personality performance or would he try and do something new and over shoot his talent? Fortunately the film is lifted by the performance of the kids in the film rather then Wilson himself who probably was just brought in as a name to get the film made. As far as Wilson goes he was give or take.

So the film, as most can tell from the trailer, is about three boys who have just begun High School and find themselves at the mercy of the school bully. After a length of terror they decide to get themselves a body guard who in the end turns out to be Drillbit Taylor, a bum, literally.

While the film has lots of laughs, mostly from awkward moments most of us who have survived the perils of High School can relate to, the film just seemed watered down, and that might have to do with expecting the usual Apatow/Rogan production. The feel of the film is there in regards to their previous works but it really has the sense that Hughes and director Steven Brill submitted more to it then Rogan and other writer Kristofor Brown (Beavis and Butthead). Brill co-wrote all three of the Mighty Ducks films as well as directed the kid friendly Heavy Weights film so his work with kids pretty much extends what he’d learned into this film. While it works it feels soft, maybe too safe.

I highly recommend seeing this film. I’ll definitely own it when it comes out only for the fact that its something you can watch more then once as long as you distance the views. I can see myself still rooting for the underdogs in the film and enjoying the excellent ending with the same enthusiasm I had while watching it in theaters but I wont go so far as to say this is one of the best comedies of the year. Enjoy.

By the way, John Hughes is credited under Edmond Dantes. Not sure if this pertains metaphorically to the infamous anti-hero from The Count of Monte Cristo or if its just coincidence.

AJ Garcia
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