Rare is the star vehicle that is as poorly matched to its star as Drillbit Taylor, which casts Owen Wilson as a homeless army deserter and con man, able to fool people into believing hes both a substitute teacher and a master of hand-to-hand combat. Its a part that requires bluster, but Wilsons laid-back delivery just doesnt pass muster. Its easy to believe hed be homeless and lounging around the beaches of Santa Monica all day, but impossible to buy him as an ass-kicker--or believe that anyone else would. Shame, too, because Drillbit Taylor is pretty good in almost every aspect other than its lead performance. Were this just about the high-school freshmen who hire the title character as their bodyguard--overweight and foul-mouthed Ryan (Troy Gentile, the young Jack Black in both Tenacious D and Nacho Libre), scrawny stepchild Wade (Unfabulouss Nate Hartley), and über-dorky Emmit (scary Ring kid David Dorfman, now pubescent)--it could have been a real charmer.
Steven BrillOwen Wilson, Alex Frost, Matt Gallini, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley, Janet Varney, Josh Peck, Rakefet Abergel, Christopher L. Antie, Stacy ArnellSeth Rogen, Kristofor Brown, Edmond DantesJudd Apatow, Susan Arnold, Donna RothParamount Pictures