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  Drillbit Taylor

Starring: Owen Wilson, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, Ian Roberts, Leslie Mann

Directed by: Steven Brill

Produced by: Judd Apatow, Susan Arnold, Donna Roth

Written by: Kristofor Brown, Seth Rogen
Distributor: Paramount Pictures


     Much as I hate to say it, Judd Apatow’s recent production-efforts seem to be destroying the good reputation that he built-up in Hollywood last summer with the double-whammy success-story of Knocked Up (which he wrote and directed) and Superbad (which he did not). First, the insipid John C. Reilly-vehicle Walk Hard marked a nightmarish wrong-turn for Apatow’s oeuvre. His latest attempt at comedic and box-office gold, Drillbit Taylor, reaffirms the suggestion that Apatow should only back films that he and Superbad director Greg Motolla make themselves. Unlike Drillbit Taylor helmer Steven Brill, perhaps they would’ve had the directorial foresight to realize that the film’s script, written by Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen, is devoid of any funny punch-lines. In fact, I didn’t laugh out loud a single time as I watched the movie – not a good sign when it is purportedly supported by a man who has the capacity to deal out chuckles by the bushel. Sure, I cracked a few smiles at Drillbit Taylor, but they were mostly due to the charm of the lead performances of Owen Wilson, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, and Ian Roberts. Truth be told, there actually isn’t anything inherently wrong with the movie—it moves along pleasantly as it chronicles a bum’s (Wilson) attempt to exploit three high-school-aged geeks when he takes a job as their “body guard”—but it also lacks any signs of inspiration. Unfortunately for the movie, there’s nothing worse than a comedy that promises laughs but doesn’t deliver them. (For the record, Apatow’s next entry to his resume as a producer, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, doesn’t fare much better than this one.) It’s kind of sad that my favorite parts of Drillbit Taylor were those in which I found my mouth watering over Leslie Mann’s sexy supporting character (ridiculous as the role may be), but such is the truth. For now, all I can do is hope that Mr. Apatow comes back to the good side of the Force when he pairs up with proven-talent David Gordon Green for The Pineapple Express later this year.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 3.24.2008

Screened on: 3.21.2008 at the Del Mar Highlands 8 in Del Mar, CA.


Drillbit Taylor is rated PG-13 and runs 102 minutes.

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