If a comedy isn’t funny, but isn’t particularly unfunny either, is it still a comedy? That philosophical enigma is at the forefront of Owen Wilson’s latest film, in which he plays a bum hired by three high school nerds to protect them from a bully.

Co-scripted by Seth Rogen (Superbad) and the godfather of teen angst, John Hughes, Drillbit has all of the proper ingredients but all the taste of a re-heated TV dinner. It feels like Rogen watched a bunch of bully sitcom episodes and just reassembled the parts.

It doesn’t elicit that wincing pain of your typical bad comedy because it doesn’t really try to be funny. It is strangely lacking any jokes, drama or likeable characters. So the question is: what is it?Grade: C

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