This is Revenge of the Nerds, Bully style. Except they don’t kill the bullies in Drillbit Taylor, they just kick the crap out of them.
With Judd Apatow co-producing and Seth Rogen co-writing, the jokes come fast and furious, but still can’t help the formulaic plot. Owen Wilson’s Drillbit is a homeless vet hired by high-school frosh (Danny McBride, Josh Peck and David Dorfman) to be their bodyguard. His stint as a substitute teacher is straight out of School of Rock, just less hilarious. Rather than spending so much time with him coaching the kids, the film could have focused more on Drillbit’s budding relationship with Lisa (Leslie Mann of Knocked Up, Apatow’s wife) — the goldielocked duo generate sparks — and subdued the traditional revenge message. But that would have been a different and, more likely, better movie.
For Wilson, it’s time for him to leave the Drillbit Taylors of the world behind. His next role as journalistic/dog lover John Grogan in Marley and Me (with Jennifer Aniston and a Golden Retriever) looks promising.