‘Hangover’ director Todd Phillips loves taking chances

Like the comedy in his movies, Todd Phillips is unapologetic.

The director of “The Hangover Part II,” opening Thursday, and its preceding blockbuster has made a mint at the box office by leading his characters to the cliffs of irredeemable iniquity, dangling them over the precipice, then reeling them back to safety just before they plunge into the abyss.

The men in Phillips’ movies have trafficked with hookers, consumed perilous quantities of drugs and alcohol, placed children in peril — and attracted a broad swath of the moviegoing public, not simply the young males who storm theaters showing R-rated raunch.

“Grandmothers came to ‘The Hangover,’?” Phillips says of his 2009 breakout, among the most successful comedies of all time, with a worldwide gross of more than $467 million

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