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(Owen) Wilson's War

In 'Drillbit Taylor,' a group of geeky friends hire a bodyguard to help ward off the bullies.

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''Drillbit Taylor': The comedy stars Owen Wilson (c) and (from l.) David Dorfman, Nate Hartley, and Troy Gentile.

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In "Drillbit Taylor," Owen Wilson plays a homeless Army dropout who cadges for spare change in Los Angeles and hangs out with a band of scuzzy hoodlums. Just another searing drama about the toll the Iraq war is taking on the home front.

Just kidding.

This latest whiffle ball from Team Apatow is a mildly amusing comedy in which Wilson plays a bodyguard hired by three well-to-do freshman high school nerds to protect them against a pair of bullies. It reworks not only movies like "My Bodyguard" but also a host of Apatow-produced films such as the much better "Superbad."

Apparently there is an infinite supply of nerdy-looking young actors out there, and the trio here are well cast. Ryan (Troy Gentile) looks eerily like a pint-sized Seth Rogen (who co-wrote the screenplay). Wade (Nate Hartley) is a human beanpole. Motormouth Emmit (David Dorfman) is the geek's geek. He makes his first appearance being stuffed into his own locker by bully-in-chief Filkins (Alex Frost). Frost, incidentally, played the teen psycho who goes on a Columbine-style massacre in Gus Van Sant's "Elephant." Maybe it's time to get a new persona.

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