If we take it for granted that there will always be bullies, then it only seems fair that there should always be movies to honor their victims. Steven Brill's very funny "Drillbit Taylor" follows in the tradition of "Three O'Clock High" and "My Bodyguard," turning the terror of a high-school hallway into fertile ground for laughs (and empathetic cringes).
Though producer Judd Apatow and writer Seth Rogen are Hollywood's cool kids now, they still relate to the miseries of adolescence. And this is their gift to everyone whose mom wouldn't let them see the R-rated "Superbad."
Really, "Drillbit" is so similar to Apatow and Rogen's other films, it could almost be considered a prequel. Certainly, it seems inevitable that our young heroes will grow up to become "Superbad's" confused teens (or "Knocked Up's" equally oblivious fathers).
Ryan (Troy Gentile) is the overweight motormouth whose bluster can't hide his insecurities. Wade (Nate Hartley) is his skinny, shy best friend. And Emmit (David Dorfman) is this movie's McLovin, an outcast whose cluelessness is his saving grace.
The first day of high school is hard for everyone, but it's especially rough on these three. Within minutes, they draw the attention of vicious bully Filkins (Alex Frost). And from that moment on, they're dead men walking.
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