The monkey bunch

"Hangover, Part II" trailer: Monkey business (is what we wish the title was)

Director Todd Phillips returns to the formula that made him millions. Twice


Drew Grant
February 26, 2011 12:16AM (UTC)

In 2009, director Todd Phillips created the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. "The Hangover" came seemingly out of nowhere (at least, not out of the Judd Apatow or Adam McKay camps) to become an instant hit for anyone over 18 or with an ID card that said so.

The premise was simple but perfectly executed: Three guys wake up in a trashed Vegas hotel room with no groom and no memory of the bachelor party the night before. Also there is a baby and a tiger. This movie made $277,322,503.

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In 2010, Phillips made "Due Date," starring "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis, in essentially the same child-like savant role. Except this time he was racing cross-country with Robert Downey Jr. in order to make it to RDJ's son's birth. Also, there was a pug dog and a can of Zach's father's ashes. This movie made $100,539,043.

Phillips tries to bottle lightning once again with a sequel to "The Hangover," where the three best friends that anyone could have race against time in Bangkok in order to make it to Ed Helms' wedding. And there is a monkey. (And no Mel Gibson.)

In the year 2060, "The Hangover Part XXXVI" will star these three men in wheelchairs, racing against the clock to get to their best friend's funeral. And there will be a talking robot. And it will make 40k in Biebercoins, a currency that translates into roughly $1 trillion, American.


Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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