Todd Phillips is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing and directing, Road Trip, Old School, Due Date and the Hangover film series. He attended New York University Film School but dropped out so he could complete his first film, the feature-length documentary Hated – GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. From this Phillips went on to create numerous successful films and documentaries , a long the way working closely with actors such as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis. As well as writing/directing these films Phillips also wrote and was supposed to direct the film Borat, however he quit whilst shooting the ‘star spangled banner’ scene due to differences with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Since I am interested in making a scene from the Hangover I looked up some reviews on the film and the first that I came across were negative, to start with it mentioned trying to get desperate laughs from material that couldn’t be more tedious. It was also described as being a ‘low rent comedy’ as they are trying to hard to make the film entertaining and funny, and from this review there was only one positive aspect about it and that was talking about the final 10 minutes of the film where it came to late to make a positive impact.
The Hangover films have broken all kinds of records, to start with the second film nearly doubled Hangovers launch opening of $16.7 million, as well as this the film was shot in only 63 days. Continuing from this the film had midnight showing in 2600 cinemas, this alone earned $10.4 million which broke the record for the biggest midnight showing of an R rated comedy.
Phillips is well known for including cameo into his films typically playing bizarre and awkward characters, as well as including these characters he has also cast Matt Walsh in all of his films. Moving on from this Phillips is a co-creator of the New York Underground Film Festival and was an expert on playing the media and causing sensation. Most importantly what broke Phillips onto the scene was his breakthrough documentary ‘Hated’ which I have previously mentioned. Below I have included a link to Todd Phillips’ filmography.