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Drillbit Taylor

What Ryan, Wade and Emmit (Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley and David Dorfman) lack in brawn, they hope to make up for in brains by being smart enough to hire a bodyguard to protect them from a school bully (Alex Frost). Unfortunately Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), the "professional" they employ, is really just a homeless man more interested in some quick cash--and the boys' attractive English teacher (Leslie Mann). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 20 Mar 2008
Video Release: 30 Jun 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

While bullying is portrayed with plenty of laughs in this film, the movie offers few if any constructive tips for dealing with this problem. A Reader’s Digest article offers kids and parents some helpful suggestions at www.readersdigest.ca/mag/2001/10/bullying.html.

In the story, a crowd of students stands around and watches the interactions without becoming involved. What role do bystanders play in furthering the violence? What steps could members of the crowd take to intervene or stop the violence? For ideas, visit www.parenting.org/flight/e_current.asp.

Do storylines like this one contribute to a child’s concerns about entering high school? Is this an accurate depiction of all high school experiences? What can parents, teachers and other adults do to make this transition easier?

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