Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition)

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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Nate Hartley as Wade
Troy Gentile as Ryan
Ian Roberts as Jim
Owen Wilson as Drillbit Taylor
Leslie Mann as Lisa
Casey Boersma as Chuck
Dylan Boersma as Nick
Lisa Ann Walter as Dolores
Beth Littleford as Barbara
David Koechner as Frightened Dad
Lisa Lampanelli as Ronnie’s Mom
Billy O’Neill as Dean
Valerie Tian as Brooke
David Dorfman as Emmit
Alex Frost as Filkins
Josh Peck as Ronnie
Cedric Yarbrough as Bernie
Robert Musgrave as Stump
Danny R. McBride as Don
Stephen Root as Principal Doppler
Davon McDonald as Hip Hop / Country Bodyguard
Adam Baldwin as Disgruntled Bodyguard
Chuck Liddell as Himself
Ellen H. Schwartz as Susan
Matt Besser as Pawn Shop Owner
Kevin Hart as Pawn Shop Employee

Special Features:
Commentary by: Steven Brill, Kristofor Brown, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley & David Dorfman
The Writers Get a Chance To Talk: Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen
13 Deleted & Extended Scenes
Line-O-Rama
Gag Reel

Exclusive Survival Features:
Extended Version of the Movie
Rap Off
Bully
Sprinkler Day
Directing Kids
The Real Don: Danny McBride

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 109 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official synopsis of the film:

“Get ready for even more laughs with the uproarious Extended Survival Edition of ‘Drillbit Taylor.’

Owen Wilson gives a hilariously funny performance as a beach bum soldier of fortune who is hired by three high schoolers being tormented by the resident school bullies. It’s nerds get revenge in a big way with sidesplitting deleted scenes not shown in theaters and outrageous outtakes you’ll want to watch over and over. You won’t be able to stop laughing as Drillbit (Wilson) trains these kids so they can ultimately turn the tables and exact their revenge!”

“Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition) is unrated. The theatrical edition was rated PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity.

Mini-Review:
I’m a fan of Owen Wilson, Leslie Mann, and almost everyone else associated with this movie, so I was eager to see “Drillbit Taylor.” When I finally got to see it on DVD, I enjoyed it, but I found that most of the funniest scenes were all seen in the trailers. The preview gave away the entire plot. Despite this, I found it was entertaining enough to make it worth checking out.

If you’re an Owen Wilson fan, you’ll really enjoy his performance here. The role of a homeless bum pretending to be a former special ops soldier in order to protect a group of bullied freshmen is perfect for his talents. His sincerity while telling lies is hilarious, yet he’s almost incapable of lying to his love interest – Leslie Mann as Lisa. She’s fun as the teacher absolutely smitten by “Dr. Illbit.” But surprisingly the other characters hold their own, too. Nate Hartley as Wade and Troy Gentile as Ryan are perfect freshmen geeks. They’re a tamer version of their “Superbad” counterparts. They’re funny and easy to sympathize with. When they finally stand up to the bullies, it’s very satisfying. Drillbit’s fellow homeless guys are also quite funny, most notably Danny R. McBride as Don. Don infiltrating a history class is one of the highlights of the film. Who knew that Lincoln and Washington were wizards?

If you’re a fan of Owen Wilson or if you’re looking for a light comedy, “Drillbit Taylor” will satisfy you.

This extended version of the film has a number of new scenes, but they push the film to a nearly 2 hour running time and it’s a bit much. An hour and a half would have been plenty. Among the bonus features, highlights include more of Danny McBride’s history class (ninjas broke the Liberty Bell, in case you weren’t aware), some deleted scenes that show more of Drillbit and the kids, and a phone interview with Seth Rogen. You’ll also find the usual extras like a commentary, gag reel, and various ‘making of’ featurettes. However, Owen Wilson is glaringly absent from the interviews (probably because of his personal problems).

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