Drillbit Taylor

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First off, let me just put something out there.  Owen Wilson should be dead, and Heath Ledger should still be alive.  Can’t we get a trade off on that?  As far as celebrity suicides go, the dice definitely rolled unlucky on that one.  I like Wilson, I’ve always though he was funny, I’ve enjoyed most of his movies, and Drillbit Taylor is no exception.

 

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Owen Wilson plays pretty much the same type of character that he always does.  He doesn’t try and kill himself though.  He’s cool, funny and  makes you like him even though he’s playing the kind of douchebag that you would hate in real life.  So, yea, pretty much the same character as always.  Except Eli in The Royal Tenenbaums, I’d hang with that fucker forever.  Or any of the characters from Wes Andersons’ movies, really.  Ok, so not all his roles are pricks, but a lot are.  Likable pricks, though. 

We got three freshmen in high school who are severely ‘cool’-chellenged, get beat on every day by bullies, and look into hiring a personal bodyguard to fend them off.  One thing that surprised me about this was the amount of pain these kids are put through.  It’s a straight comedy, don’t get me wrong, but the bullying is pretty hardcore and violent at times and the fight towards the end of the movie goes pretty much all out as well.  Don’t go in expecting anybody beaten to a pulp or anything, it’s just a bit more than I expected. 

           

The three dorks are what make the movie great.  They are all relatively unknown actors who bring a true sense of their loserness to the roles, and I don’t necessarily mean that as an insult.  Everybody knew these kids in school and whether you want to admit it or not, a part of you was these kids.  They’re hilarious and definitely the heart of the movie. 

           

This is produced by Judd Apatow, and it is his weakest movie after The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad, but still worth a viewing. 

 

Steve

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