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I’ll be the third to say it: Todd Phillips is back. He may have taken the long way ’round to get back to his Old School levels of brilliance and quotability, or maybe he just needed to find the right personnel (sorry Ben Stiller), but The Hangover looks and feels like the mid-30s version of the film that gave us Earmuffs and Frank the Tank.

So we’ve moved out of the frat house and onto the wedding. But before we do, I have to ask a very important question.

Do you want to see a baby hit full on with a police cruiser door?

Of course you do:

Some of this stuff looks pretty standard – waking up with chickens walking around, someone accidentally getting married in Vegas, the obligatory shot of someone standing up in a moving convertible – but the ante seems raised just slightly with the inclusion of a tiger in the bathroom, a mysterious baby, and Mike Tyson getting his groove on to Phil Collins.

It’s basically as if Todd Phillips has been given license to use the same brand of humor from Old School but be as absurd as he wants to be since the setting is the fantastical world of binge-drinking and a town with endless possibilities. And it looks like Brad Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms are holding it down – it’s sort of exciting to see the three of them carry an entire film since they’ve mostly been side roles to bigger names.

Plus, if this doesn’t hold up to the Old School pedigree – there’s always the promise of Old School Dos, currently in pre-production and set for a 2011 release.

What do you think? Did you know they gave out rings at the Holocaust?


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