Drama - This is a silly comedy aimed at a teen and young adult audience. It
may be too young skewing for fans of most of Judd Apatow's
productions, and the film is too violent for the really young kids.
However, Owen Wilson fans will have plenty to enjoy.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 84 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They loved it.
TEENS:Females rated it highest. Just a few of them were somewhat disappointed. The male reviews are good, but not as high as expected, since this movie is about teen males. I would still recommend it, just not highly.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The males enjoyed it very much. Just a small percentage rated it as low as "Good/Average." As for the ladies, there really aren't enough reviews to be of much help. The few reviews collected aren't very good.
ADULTS:The adult reviews are pretty good considering this is primarily a teen movie. Close to half of the males rated it above average or better. Nearly all the remaining male reviews indicate a "Good/Average" movie. The female reviews are similar to the male reviews. About half truly enjoyed it and most of the remaining half rated it "Good/Average."
Ryan (Troy Gentile), Wade (Nate Hartley) and Emmit (David Dorgman) attend their first day at high school and they're pumped...until they meet up with Filkins (Alex Frost), a school bully who comes off like a little Hannibal Lecter. Before they become completely engulged in Filkins' reign of terror, they seek out some protection by placing an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Their best response - and the cheapest - comes from Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), a down-on-his luck soldier of fortune whp lives a homeless - he likes to say "home-free" - existence on the beach. He enrolls them in some physical and mental training.