Drillbit Taylor

Rated 2.0

Three high-school dweebs (Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, David Dorfman) beset by schoolyard bullies hire a bodyguard (Owen Wilson) to protect them, not knowing that he’s a homeless lowlife out to take their money and burglarize their houses as soon as their backs are turned. The script is by Kristofor Brown and the ubiquitous Seth Rogen, from a story by the two of them and “Edmond Dantes” (really John Hughes, working under a well-advised alias). Directed with predictable sloppiness by Adam Sandler’s pal Steven Brill, the movie has nothing going for it but Wilson’s personal appeal, on which it leans heavily, like a maudlin drunk. Wilson almost pulls it off, but all the charm and comic chops in the world can’t make his character more than a worthless sleazeball with an unconvincing third-act transformation.