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Drillbit Taylor

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Brill
Produced by Judd Apatow
Susan Arnold
Written by Screenplay:
Kristofor Brown
Seth Rogen
Kristofor Brown
John Hughes
Seth Rogen
Starring Owen Wilson
Troy Gentile
Nate Hartley
David Dorfman
Alex Frost
Josh Peck
Leslie Mann
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Studio The Apatow Company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) February 8, 2008
(see release history)
Running time Theatrical cut:
102 minutes
Extended cut:
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40,000,000
Gross revenue $49,690,625

Drillbit Taylor is a 2008 comedy film starring Owen Wilson as the title character and based on an original idea by John Hughes. The screenplay was written by Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen. Paramount Pictures released the film on March 21, 2008.

Drillbit Taylor was John Hughes' last movie as a writer before his death on August 6, 2009. He also used his pseudonym, Edmond Dantes, for this film.



Ryan (Troy Gentile) and Wade (Nate Hartley) are two boys starting high school. Ryan decided that he would enter high school with a nickname (T-Dog), and Wade decided that he'd find a girlfriend. Wade met Brooke (Valerie Tian) and developed a crush for her. Two bullies, Filkins (Alex Frost) and Ronnie (Josh Peck), attacked a geek, Emmit Oosterhaus (David Dorfman) by shoving him into his locker. Wade intervened. Filkins and Ronnie began targeting Ryan and Wade.

The next day Ryan and Wade met Emmit, who followed them around. Ryan thought having Emmit around would get them bullied. He was right. Filkins and Ronnie humiliated them at any given moment.

The boys complained to the principal (Stephen Root), but Filkins played innocent. After school, a furious Filkins chased them with his car. Wade suggested hiring a bodyguard. They placed an ad on the Internet, and ended up selecting Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson). Taylor pretended to be a martial arts expert and mercenary, but was really a homeless beggar who showered at a public beach and ate out of a dumpster. His real intention of becoming their bodyguard was to rob them and use the money to buy a ticket to Canada.

Drillbit told the boys to find some common interests and become friends with Filkins and Ronnie. They found out that Filkins liked rapping. Ryan challenged Filkins to a rap battle but got carried away by humiliating him. Ryan realized what had happened and fled. An angry Filkins ambushed Ryan, Wade and Emmit, the boys tried using a tactic Drillbit taught them but it ultimately failed and Filkins punched Wade.

The boys were furious with Drillbit's teachings but Drillbit defended himself. The boys decided to bring him to school as a substitute teacher, using "Drillbit" as a full name(Dr. Illbit). Drillbit met a fellow teacher, Ms. Zachey (Leslie Mann), and they started an affair. As a sub, Drillbit tortured Filkins and Ronnie with endless chores and exercises.

One morning as Ronnie's mother (Lisa Lampanelli) drove him to school, he saw Taylor taking a shower at the beach; his mother revealed that he was a homeless man. Ronnie told Filkins. Filkins found the boys and started pushing them around and asking about Drillbit until Drillbit showed up, and Filkins punched Drillbit. Later Drillbit explained to the boys that he could not hit a minor. The boys began to doubt Drillbit's abilities as a bodyguard.

Later on at Wade's house, they caught Drillbit's homeless friends stealing everything in sight. Taylor confessed that his real name was Bob and he went A.W.O.L. from the U.S. Army. The boys fired Drillbit. The parents took things up with the principal, who contacted the police. Filkins played innocent and charmed all the adults. Wade and his friends could not believe what was happening.

The next day, Wade finally built up enough courage to ask Brooke out, but was interrupted by Filkins and Ronnie. Wade stood up for Brooke but was brutally ridiculed. Gathering up his courage, Wade challenged Filkins to a fight which ended up being at Filkins party. Wade asked his friends to help, but Emmit refused to get involved. The boys arrived at the Filkin's party and confronted him. After one successful bout, Filkins went on a rampage and chased Wade and Ryan with a floor lamp; the fight lead outside in the front garden. Emmit suddenly showed up and grabbed Filkins' leg. While this seemed to be a useless gesture, his persistence eventually tripped Filkins, and he trapped him in a devious leg-lock until Ronnie arrived and knocked out Emmit. Ryan grabbed Ronnie and put him in a bear hug. The boys were putting up a decent fight, with Ryan using his muscle and Wade taking advantage of his long reach until Filkins and Ronnie subdued them through a mixture of deception--when Ronnie punched out Ryan after promising to give up in the midst of the bear hug--and cheating--because Ronnie then grabbed Wade to double-team him.

Drillbit suddenly showed up and tried to talk Filkins down and disperse the crowd. Filkins punched Drillbit, who continued to take punches without a fight until a rogue kid said he was not a minor and he beat Filkins up within seconds with a mixture of throws, kicks, and punches. Impressed, the boys praised him, though he tried to pass off the display as a protective instinct--like a mother lifting a car off her child--he believed that it was due to adrenaline. Within minutes, the police arrived and Drillbit fled for fear of prosecution. Filkins woke up and threw a samurai sword at the boys, but Drillbit reappeared and caught it. He saved them but ended up losing his little finger in the process.

After the fight Brooke kissed Wade, Ryan accepted Emmit and it was revealed nobody ever liked Filkins including Ronnie.

Filkins was arrested and shipped off to Hong Kong where his parents were living.

Drillbit got sent to prison but ended up being released within a few weeks and the film ended with Wade, Ryan, Emmit and Lisa enthusiastically welcoming him back into society.


  • Owen Wilson as Bob "Drillbit" Taylor, a homeless U.S. army deserter. He is hired as the boy's bodyguard.
  • Nate Hartley as Wade, a high school freshman who along with his friend Ryan, have hopes of being popular.
  • Troy Gentile as Ryan Anderson. Along with Wade, Ryan hopes of becoming popular. He loves to rap and makes brief hip hop culture references.
  • David Dorfman as Emmit Oosterhaus, a kid who is first bullied by Filkins and Ronnie and starts following around Wade and Ryan and grows to be their friend
  • Alex Frost as Terry Filkins, a bully with a somewhat psychopathic mind. He along with Ronnie intimidate and antagonize Wade, Emmit, and Ryan.
  • Josh Peck as Ronnie Lampenelli, Filkins' friend and partner. He along with Filkins bully the three kids.
  • Leslie Mann as Lisa Zachey, Drillbit's love interest and later girlfriend.
  • Danny R. McBride as Don Armstrong, Drillbit's old friend. He is the one who convinces Drillbit to cheat the kids out of their money and belongings.
  • Stephen Root as Principal Neville Doppler
  • Ian Roberts as Jim, Wade's stepdad
  • Lisa Lampanelli as Mrs. Lampanelli
  • Lisa Ann Walter as Delores Anderson (Ryan's Mother)
  • Hynden Walch as Mrs. Oosterhaus, Emmit's mom
  • Valerie Tian as Brooke Nguyen
  • Beth Littleford as Barbara Drennan
  • Steve Bannos as Coffee Computer Guy
  • Chuck Liddell as Himself
  • Robert Allen Mukes as Bonecrusher
  • Adam Baldwin as Ricky Linderman
  • Cedric Yarbrough as Bernie Hodge
  • Tichina Arnold as Photography teacher
  • Kevin Hart as Pawn Shop Guy 1
  • Matt Besser as Pawn Shop Guy 2
  • David Koechner as Frightened Dad (unrated version)


Marketing for the film included television promos and coming attractions previews, but actor Owen Wilson did not conduct any interviews to promote the film. Instead, Paramount had Wilson record introductions for Fox's Sunday night primetime shows such as The Simpsons, American Dad, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Unhitched. The character of Drillbit Taylor was also featured as a "Superstar" on the Raw page of for a period of time. Wilson's publicist said his availability was limited due to filming Marley & Me. John Horn and Gina Piccalo of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the studio was worried interviewers would bring up Wilson's hospitalization in the summer of 2007.[1]


The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Based on 138 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 26 percent.[2] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 41 out of 100.[3]

Release history

Country Date Notes
Ireland February 8, 2008[4] Re-issue
Tanzania February 14, 2008
Italy February 16, 2008
France March 20, 2008[5]
Germany Re-issue
United States March 21, 2008
Canada April 8, 2008[6] Re-issue
Brazil April 11, 2008
United Kingdom March 28, 2008
South Africa May 19, 2008
New Zealand May 27, 2008
Germany May 29, 2008
Jamaica May 5, 2008[7] Re-issue
Australia June 17, 2008
Netherlands June 19, 2008
Argentina June 26, 2008
Mexico June 27, 2008[8] Re-issue
North Korea June 30, 2008
South Korea

Box office performance

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $10.2 million in 3,056 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #4 at the box office.[9] As of June 11, 2008, the film has grossed $32,862,104 in the United States and $16,824,159 in foreign countries adding to a total worldwide gross of $49,686,263.

DVD release

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 1, 2008. About 620,927 units have been sold, bringing in $11,669,617 in revenue.[10]

Theatrical edition

  • Original 102 min. version
  • Line-o-Rama
  • 9 deleted/extended scenes
  • Gag reel
  • Featurettes:
    • Directing Kids
    • The Real Don: Danny McBride

Extended Unrated Survival Edition


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