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28th March 2008

Summary:

Current reigning comedy champion Seth Rogan ("Knocked Up", "Superbad") co-wrote this comedy of bullies and heroes in the school yard, with a twist the hero is a very unlikely one. In "Drillbit Taylor" Ryan (Troy Gentile), Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorfman) attend their first day at high school and they're psyched...until they meet up with Filkins (Alex Frost), a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulfed in Filkins' reign of terror, they seek out some protection by placing an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response -- and the cheapest -- comes from Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune who lives a lonely existence on the beach which he refers to as being "home-free". Before long he enrolls the kids in some physical and mental training in order to toughen them up. His ultimate goal is to steel them and possibly himself for the ultimate clash against the forces keeping them down. In the process of helping the boys out Drillbit Taylor learns some new things about himself as well and begins to reassess his "home-free" lifestyle.

Review:

I fully intended to not like this movie. I received free tickets from work and took my two boys because I thought they would like it. Owen Wilson was funny and sweet (and looks pretty good naked!) I didn't recognize the three young boys but they were great in their roles. Owen Wilson and Josh Peck were the only two actors I recognized. But I can see the other three boys being cast in other movies like this. They were believable in their roles (as much as the idea of kid's hiring bodyguards could be, on par with missing the plane and staying HOME ALONE. I was pleasantly surprised. All of the actors were great and I was surprised at how the time flew. The ending surprised me it wasn't what I expected at all! I would definitely recommend this movie. Enjoy!