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Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) are husband and wife in real life.
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This was the highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time in the domestic box office, edging out Sex and the City (2008).
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The cast spent about two weeks improvising with each other, a lot of which was incorporated into the movie.
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It was originally intended that Chris O'Dowd's cop would be American, but everyone was so enamored with O'Dowd's native Irish accent that it was decided that he keep it.
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Before he came to Hollywood, Jon Hamm, who plays Ted in this movie, was a high school drama teacher at the John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri. One of his acting students was Ellie Kemper, who plays Becca.
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This was the final film of American actress Jill Clayburgh, who died the year before the release.
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Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas are roommates in real life.
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In a 2014 interview on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003), Kristen Wiig reported that there would not be a "Bridesmaids 2," claiming that the first film ended fine how it is, without the need for a sequel.
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Rose Byrne was better known for being a dramatic actress, in projects like Sunshine (2007) and Damages (2007), when she was cast as Helen. This was mainly due to her performance in Get Him to the Greek (2010). However, everyone on Bridesmaids (2011) was genuinely surprised at Byrne's ability to do improv comedy during the shoot, best exemplified in the scene at the engagement party where she tries to usurp Annie's tribute speech.
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To date, this is the most financially successful Judd Apatow production.
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Judd Apatow pushed hard for wild, physical comedy, while Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig preferred to go for subtler comedy. The film's most notorious sequence--the diarrhea scene--was largely at the insistence of Apatow and director Paul Feig.
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Melissa McCarthy told an interviewer for GQ Magazine that she based the look and characterization of Megan in part on Guy Fieri, the (male) host of the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (2006).
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This movie marked Kristen Wiig's first leading role.
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In the second bedroom scene between Annie and Ted, Annie tells Ted that she will take the fictional "George Glass" to Lillian's wedding instead of him. "George Glass" was also the name of Jan Brady's fictional boyfriend on The Brady Bunch (1969).
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Ted's house's exterior is the same one used as Kelly Taylor's in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
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In the dress-fitting scene, the vomit is made of oatmeal and food coloring.
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Paul Rudd appears in a deleted scene as Dave, who briefly dates Annie. His role is uncredited, but the scene is shown in the deleted scenes section of the bonus features on the DVD.
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Maya Rudolph was pregnant with her third child during the filming of this movie. Most of the clothes she wore had a belt on them to distract from her stomach.
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Jon Hamm chose to go uncredited as he felt his presence on the credits would signify a more serious film, seeing as he, as an actor, is not generally recognized for appearing in comedies.
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The house exterior used for the bridal shower is the same house used in Scary Movie 2 (2001).
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This was the first Judd Apatow production to receive Academy Award nominations.
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The project was written over a period of several years. Kristen Wiig had her day job on Saturday Night Live (1975) in New York City while Annie Mumolo would work on the script in Los Angeles. The two would meet at weekends and compare notes and conduct table reads, often with Judd Apatow in attendance to get his notes.
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Lillian's bridal dress and the bridesmaid dresses the women wear in the film differ from the dresses that appear in the movie poster and promotional shots.
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Co-writer Annie Mumolo was on set throughout the entire production in case of rewrites, despite being eight months pregnant.
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Rebel Wilson claimed she was paid $3,500 for appearing in the movie.
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The first song featured in the film, "Rip Her to Shreds" by Blondie, is also the first song featured in Mean Girls (2004) which, incidentally, was written by another Saturday Night Live (1975) alum, Tina Fey.
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Andy Buckley (Helen's husband), Ellie Kemper (Becca), Nancy Carell (Helen's Tennis Partner), Hugh Dane (Annie's Mistaken Fella), and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita), as well as Paul Feig (Director), have all appeared in The Office (2005).
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Several directors were considered to helm the film, including Greg Mottola, Todd Phillips, David Gordon Green, David Wain, and Jake Kasdan. However, all of them were unavailable. Anne Fletcher was the only female director considered, but the studio decided against hiring her.
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In the scene on the plane Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) orders the two 7 and 7 cocktails for herself and Becca (Ellie Kemper). Seven7 is the brand name of Melissa McCarthy's plus-sized clothing line.
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Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider.
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Two of the actors who appeared in this film previously appeared in two different versions of "The IT Crowd." Chris O'Dowd played "Roy" in the original version, The IT Crowd (2006), and Jessica St. Clair played "Jen" in the American remake, The IT Crowd (2006). Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph also later starred together in Friends with Kids (2011).
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Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy co-starred in Spy (2015), which was also directed by Paul Feig.
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Ellie Kemper (Becca) and Jon Hamm (Ted) will later appear in the Netflix original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
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Rebel Wilson (Brynn), Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita) were in What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012).
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Jillian Bell's (22 Jump Street, Rough Night, Office Party, etc) big screen debut. Credited as girl at bridal shower. If you blinked, you missed her.
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Maya Randolph would later appear in The Happytime Murders (2018),Life of the Party (2018) both starring Melissa McCarthy
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Kristen Wiig would later be in ghostbusters (2016), also with Melissa McCarthy
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the DVD commentary, it is mentioned that director Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig made a deliberate decision for Annie to keep her bra on during her sex scenes with Ted (Jon Hamm), but to have her take it off during her sex scene with Nathan (Chris O'Dowd), as a way of symbolizing that Annie feels she can open up emotionally (as well as physically) to Nathan in a way that she cannot to Ted.
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The pills that are given to Annie are supposed to be Xanax.
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