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— by Larry Carroll

A tender moment between two souls standing side by side before the world. A meticulously planned manifestation of true compatibility witnessed by a congregation wiping the streaming tears from their cheeks. An expensive celebration recorded for posterity and destined to be viewed at family gatherings for decades to come.

When longtime friends Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn finally got together to properly headline their first film collaboration, the result was a comedic lovefest reminiscent of the very event their characters were looking to mock. As the good book says: What God has brought together, let no man put asunder — but feel free to laugh yourself hoarse watching it.

Watch our very own SuChin Pak put her wedding-crasher lessons to good use as she hits the bar, hugs the bride and toasts the happy couple ... on Overdrive.

Rachel McAdams, the actress who portrays the problematic object of affection in "Wedding Crashers," recently recalled. "They're very different, but they complement one another; they make a nice couple. They're having their own little love affair."

In the new comedy, Wilson's John and Vaughn's Jeremy find their carefree lifestyle of open bars and loose bridesmaids thrown into disarray when John is unexpectedly crippled by love at first sight. And when the smitten duo find themselves taking a routine wedding fling into overtime, the wedding crashers' carefully constructed rules get tossed out the window.

And what, exactly, are those rules?

"Blend in by sticking out," Vaughn suggests to any aspiring young crashers.

"Don't go home alone," Wilson adds, offering up his trademark, oddly charming smirk. "Never go home alone."

"That could be a good rule or a bad rule," says Vaughn, shaking his head.

"You get to the end of the night, and the pickings are slim," Wilson concedes.

"But sometimes," Vaughn replies, summing up the gents' collective thoughts on the matter, "you can drink someone pretty."

It's this kind of frat-boy one-upmanship that convinced Vaughn and Wilson to finally join forces after peripherally co-starring in other films ("Starsky & Hutch," "Zoolander"). When Vaughn's slick sarcasm and Wilson's casual cool met, it was like a lovestruck young couple discovering each other. They don't want their fans, however, to think they didn't put in the necessary hard work.

"It was the only day Owen was early," Vaughn remembers of a sequence in the film that has the two lotharios tossing topless beauties into bed, one after another.

"And the only day I stayed late," Wilson admits.

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"He kept saying, 'Guys, we're here. Film is cheap. Let's just shoot it again.' "

"I'm a perfectionist," Wilson says of his dedication to the craft. "Those girls learned that day that I'm going to do what it takes to makes a scene right. And I think it paid off, because people seemed to enjoy that scene. If it doesn't work, then you do it again. Take two or take 37, whatever the case may be."

In case getting paid to party wasn't enough, Wilson and Vaughn also got to share the screen with film legend Christopher Walken, who turns in a bizarrely comic performance as the powerful father of McAdams' Claire.

"My favorite Walken story," Wilson reflects. "An expression I'm not particularly fond of is, 'It's all good,' but Christopher Walken, for some reason, started saying it a lot for his character. He had such a weird cadence when he said it that he really made it his own, he made it original, so that I even started saying it. He just has such a unique delivery."

Walken, a distinguished Oscar-winner whose unique sense of humor has, in a sense, given him a second career as the go-to "kooky older guy," offers up his own deliriously random riff on the subject of wedding crashing.

"I'd hope they're having a nice time," Walken smiles. "I'd hope they brought a nice present. When I used to go to weddings, people would get blenders and toasters. I don't know what they do now. If you get married and it doesn't last, I don't know what the etiquette is. Anything under six days you're supposed to give it back. But I'd keep them."

According to co-star Bradley Cooper (who plays Claire's jerk fiance), real-life wedding crashers definitely do exist.

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"I've never snuck into a wedding, but my father was a big wedding crasher growing up, he and his buddies," the former "Alias" star says. "They were the quiet guys. They'd wear a suit, eat all the food they could, drink as much as they could, and it would always end badly. It always ended in a fight."

For Vaughn and Wilson, two real-life bachelors happily enjoying the Hollywood lifestyle, the concept of encountering crashers at their own weddings seems pretty remote. "I would have to pinch myself to see if I was alive," Wilson insists, "because the idea of getting married at this point is a little hard to swallow."

For his part, Vaughn insists that he would simply walk right up to the crasher and work it out.

"I'd say, 'Owen, you're already invited; you don't have to come in making a big scene. Sit down.' "

Even the movie's soundtrack adds a unique perspective on the innumerable clichés surrounding weddings.

"Putting together a soundtrack in a wedding movie, you've got wedding music," director David Dobkin reasons, recalling a time when he made Wilson and Vaughn dance to the wedding staple "Shout" ("A little bit softer now...") several dozen times.

"This is a music-heavy movie, and 'Shout' gets you going. We re-cut 'Shout' into a new version and added new drums and new bass and new stuff on the second half so that I could have double time of the song and actually cut quicker to it."

The finished product is a highlight reel that gets "Wedding Crashers" off to a feverish pace.

"That was a great scene," Vaughn says. "You know, I look back on all of these scenes like they were children, and it's hard to pick which one I love the most. They're all special to me."

They've only been together for a brief time, but Vaughn and Wilson are already lovingly introducing the world to their children. Who says that wedding crashers can't be romantic?




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