Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne
Plot: Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.
Melissa McCarthy (Megan) and Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon) are husband and wife in real life.
In a 2014 interview on Ellen (1994), 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.
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.
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).
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 down 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.
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.
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.
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.
The pills that are given to Annie are supposed to be Xanax.