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Drillbit Taylor (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 21 March 2008 (USA)
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Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wade
... Ryan
... Jim
... Drillbit Taylor
... Chuck
... Nick
... Dolores
... Barbara
... Frightened Dad
... Not for Pot Driver
... Attractive Woman Driver
... Ronnie's Mom
Bill O'Neill ... Dean
... Bus Driver
Jordan Valacich ... Cute Girl on Stairs (as Jordan Valley)


Homeless veteran Bob 'Drillbit' Taylor manages to enjoy life anyhow and even saves some cash for his dream, an 'all-paid' move to Alaska, even if that may take many years. His dream comes within reach when clever nerd Wade, has fat friend Ryan 'T-dog' and cocky shrimp Jim, all new to high-school, are bullied so badly by emancipated Filkins and his buddies that they advertise for a bodyguard. Only Drillbit seems affordable and not crazy, so he's hired and drains their pocket-money and home content. He's clueless how to protect them but gives them (bogus) self-defense classes. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Budget Bodyguard See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

Official site | Paramount [France]



Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drillbit Taylor: Budget Bodyguard  »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,309,986, 23 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,853,640, 15 June 2008
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the shooting of the final fight scene, Alex Frost inadvertently slugged Owen Wilson and immediately apologized for it. See more »


When Wade approaches Brooke during lunch there is a girl in a pink top sitting next to Brooke. In the next cut the girl in pink is no longer sitting there. There are two other girls sitting on the opposite side of the table as Brooke so that Wade can sit down. See more »


Emmit: You're the bitch!
Filkins: Huh?
Emmit: AAAAAH that's right!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show a scene of a kid walking into the nurses office asking for help (similar to what Drillbit did when he got punched). Drillbit appears as the school nurse, who then asks the kid who punched him and promising him it will "never happen again". See more »


References Top Gun (1986) See more »


Let's Play Two
Written by Sue Sandberg and Jesse Valenzuela
Performed by The Gin Blossoms (as Gin Blossoms)
Courtesy of Hybrid Recordings, LLC
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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User Reviews

Drilbit Taylor Will Save The Kids
5 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

'Drilbit Taylor' is a teen movie that revolves around three highschool students being bullied and in order to protect themselves they plan to hire a bodyguard. The film has its own charm and is quite likable thanks mostly to Wilson's chemistry with the three teens. Another thing I liked about this movie is that it wasn't overloaded with sex and crudeness which seems to be a forced compulsory requirement of every teen movie these days (a recent example being the awful 'Superbad'). The teen actors, Nate Hartley and Troy Gentile are very good. Hartley particularly gives a natural performance. Owen Wilson uses his superb comic timing and does nothing short of great. What I didn't like about 'Drilbit Taylor' is that it tends to go unnecessarily over the top with some sequences and the fight scene in the end is a little too violent. The bullying scenes were meant to be funny (at least that's the impression I got given the background score and the way it was executed) but with me they had the opposite effect and I wonder how kids who are actually bullied would feel after watching such scenes being used as comic relief. However on the other hand, it might be uplifting to them as the point of the movie was to stand up for oneself and his friends. Anyway, 'Drilbit Taylor' is fun entertainment. Not the best of its kind but still good enough.

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