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DVD Review: “Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition)”

(Paramount Home Entertainment. 2008. 1 disc. Color. Widescreen. 109 minutes. Unrated. Directed by Steven Brill.) Owen Wilson, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, David Dorfman, Alex Frost. Music by Christophe Beck.

Produced by Judd Apatow and co-written by Seth Rogen, Drillbit Taylor follows three boys (Hartley, Gentile and Dorfman) who hire a bodyguard (Wilson) to protect them from bullies at school. However, what starts out as an interesting premise is ultimately squandered by a meandering script and so many missed cues. Wilson turns in an okay performance, but he seems to sleepwalk through the part, if only because it’s the same character he’s played a hundred times before. The bully (Frost) goes from average bully to dangerous psychotic, which no one really seems to notice. The three boys are the real standouts of the film, providing most of the comedy and a surprisingly sweet love story between Hartley and Valerie Tian. The supporting cast is entertaining, with many SNL and Daily Show alums popping in to deliver a few good lines. As for the rest of the film, the story is pretty hackneyed, the pace is inconsistent and it’s about a half-hour longer than it needs to be. 80s film buffs should keep their eyes peeled for a cameo by Adam Baldwin. Special features include a director’s commentary track, 13 deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, an improv reel, a conversation between the writers, and several featurettes about the making of the movie. A passable but disappointing attempt by Rogen and Apatow.

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