Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Drillbit Taylor Review

Superbad Jr anyone? Basically replicating the Superbad premise of the awkward kid and the fat kid who are fodder for bullies (complete with a supernerd little buddy) and attemting to fit into their high school, Drillbit Taylor adds the wrinkle of them hiring a bodyguard to protect them from bullies. While the film's screenplay (in part from Seth Rogan) has some really funny moments, too much of the premise falls horribly flat. The bullies are so cruel and violent (including legitimately trying to run over our heroes) that it really took me out the film. Further Wilson's homeless buddies are unfunny and, frankly, kind of uncomfortable to watch. Both lead kids, Alex Frost and Josh Peck, are surprisingly tolerable. Owen Wilson does his usual routine, though some of his interactions with the kids are pretty funny. Leslie Mann gives the best performance here, but alas her role is too small. It's got a few laughs, but it's just not very good.

Overall Score: 4/10

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