When Christopher Walken and Rachel McAdams are dancing at the engagement party, Walken kept saying "fart" to keep McAdams smiling after dancing had become quite repetitive.
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The painting given to Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) by Todd (Keir O'Donnell) was kept by Vaughn after filming.
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Following complaints from the United States Congress, the producers of the film yanked from the movie's official web site a printable Purple Heart advertised as a gimmick to pick up women and get free drinks.
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Owen Wilson came up with the line "I think we only use ten percent of our hearts."
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Rachel McAdams listened repeatedly to Fleetwood Mac's 1975 song "Landslide" to prepare for emotional scenes. Owen Wilson said the song made her cry immediately: "It was like turning on a faucet."
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At the Italian wedding, the guy sitting next to Owen Wilson who laughed at the "Jabroni" joke was Wilson's uncle.
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A real wedding planner was kept on-set to make sure the weddings in the movie looked real.
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Rachel McAdams got her certification in sailing to prepare for her role. She says she can now handle a 26--foot boat.
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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
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Isla Fisher used a body double for her nude scene. She told Entertainment Weekly that the film's producers wanted her to be naked for five scenes, but she managed to talk them down to just one. Fisher clarified that she thought that it was difficult for women to be funny once the audience had seen their breasts and thought that her appearing nude would compromise the comedic quality of her performance. The producers disagreed and deemed nudity essential for the plot.
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Jane Seymour was called in three times to audition for the role of Kathleen Cleary. Reportedly she beat out many, many actresses in their fifties and early sixties, also auditioning for the role of Mrs. Cleary.
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At the beginning of the film, when John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are going over their plan to get into Christina Cleary's (Jennifer Alden's) wedding, one of the Senators was 2008 Republican Presidential nominee John McCain. The man next to McCain in that scene [who gets a hug from Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams)] is Democratic strategist James Carville.
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Will Ferrell was offered the role of John Beckwith, but turned it down for a smaller role.
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This film was the inspiration for the film clip of the song "Sugar" by Maroon 5, in which the band actually "crashed" several weddings by performing live without the knowledge of guests or the bridal party.
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Bradley Cooper was hired at his audition. As director David Dobkin recalls, "My saying is that you never, ever hire someone in the room; you always have to go back and watch the tape. Bradley Cooper is the only person who was an exception. I couldn't find anyone [for that role], and then he came in the room and he was amazing. He was like a thoroughbred. I remember going up to him and saying, 'Dude, you're awesome! You got the part!'"
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The Cleary house is a property called Ellenborough, on Peachblossom Creek in Easton, Maryland. Now owned by David Bradley, the Chairman of Atlantic Media, Ellenborough dates back to 1659, with the 2012 house dating back to 1928. It was once owned by a member of the DuPont family.
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When confessing to the priest, Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) mentioned that he had an imaginary friend named "Shiloh". This is a reference to the Neil Diamond song "Shiloh", also about an imaginary friend.
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Vince Vaughn recommended Justin Long for the Todd Cleary role. When Long auditioned, he played the role with influence from Buffalo Bill from "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Long initially thought he was cast, before Keir O'Donnell was hired. Long and O'Donnell became subsequent friends afterward.
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When Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) tells John (Owen Wilson), "You've crashed a million weddings, and you rocked them all", it is a reference to the Jon Bon Jovi song "Wanted Dead or Alive". The song contains the similar lyric, "I've seen a million faces, and I've rocked them all."
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The schooner "Woodwind" featured in the movie is a schooner available for charter and public cruises out of Annapolis, Maryland. In fact, they used the boat "as-is" including keeping her name unaltered. The boat featured is the second "Woodwind" (Woodwind II), and has an identical sister that bears the name "Woodwind". An employee of the Woodwind tours was lying underneath Walken steering the boat down the Severn River in Annapolis, while he is holding onto the wheel.
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If Will Ferrell hadn't been available for the short role of Chazz, director David Dobkin had actor Nicolas Cage in mind for a backup, as revealed in the Spitballing Podcast.
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According to boxofficemojo.com, this movie is the sixth highest grossing film for New Line Cinema. The films above it being The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Rush Hour 2 (2001), and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
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Rachel McAdams reunited with three of her male co-stars in future projects. She and Owen Wilson reunited in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2011), Vince Vaughn in the second season of HBO's "True Detective" (2014), and Bradley Cooper in "Aloha" (2015).
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Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken have both appeared in a James Bond film. Seymour was in "Live and Let Die" (1973), Walken was in "A View to a Kill" (1985). Those were also Roger Moore's first and last films in the role.
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The scene where the wedding crashers don Purple Heart medals, which is an award presented to military members who have been wounded or killed in armed combat, caused the movie to be criticized heavily by several outraged veteran groups who felt the scene was enormously disrespectful. The film was also released at the same time that the Stolen Valor Act became federal law, making the false display of military awards a federal crime.
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Randolph is watching an episode of "The Honeymooners" (1955) when Sack interrupts him.
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When Jeremy first pitches to John the idea of crashing the Cleary wedding, he hands him a section of a newspaper that carries the wedding announcement. It bears a photo of the bride and groom and a photo of Secretary Cleary accompanied by multi-column article. Though the announcement begins conventionally enough, by the point in the article that appears to the left of Christopher Walken's photo, the text reads: "The Cleary's are the center of the political scene these days with the potential candidacy of William for the President of the United States.
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In the scene with the bratty kid yelling at Vince Vaughn to make him a bicycle, the kid sitting next to Vince Vaughn is laughing, you can see him suppressing it as the kid walks off with the balloon.
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Chazz's (Will Ferrell) mother is watching Betty Boop cartoons when John (Owen Wilson) comes over to talk to him.
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This is not the only film in which Will Ferrell portrayed a character named "Chazz". He also played Chazz Michael Michaels in "Blades of Glory" (2007).
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When John goes to visit Chazz at his mother's house, the cartoon playing on the TV is called "Betty Boop in Blunderland" from 1934.
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When Jeremy refers to Gloria as "Sybil" when she's throwing a tantrum at the wedding he's referencing Sally Field's breakout dramatic role as the title character in the TV movie "Sybil" (1976) who has sixteen different personalities.
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In this movie, Vince Vaughn says the line "time to recharge the batteries". It is said again in "The Internship" (2013), also starringOwen Wilson and Vaughn, but is instead said by Wilson.
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Vince Vaughn quotes one of the rules (#76) which states "Play like a champion". In "Rudy" (1993), he plays a football player for Notre Dame, who have the slogan "Play like a champion" today.
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A longstanding rumor exists that Richard Riehle was an extra in the funeral scene. In a 2017 interview with the AV Club, Riehle refuted these claims.
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The first live-action film worked on by John Musker and Ron Clements as well as the first film they've worked on that's not from Disney.
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Jane Seymour previously appeared on "Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman". Vince Vaughn appeared in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997), in which he refers to another character as "Dr. Quinn." Also appearing in that film was Seymour's former father-in-law, Richard Attenborough.
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