There's something about the guy-comedies of director Todd Phillips. His movies, The Hangover and Old School, among others, follow immature men in absurd situations, but somehow the characters feel real and grounded. It's a secret formula that has yielded more than half a billion dollars at the box office.
Phillips gained acclaim last year for The Hangover, which became the top-grossing R-rated comedy ever. Do Hollywood chums admire the record? "Not really," says Phillips, "but I do get a great table at Fuddruckers now." Next up: The Hangover 2 in 2011.
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