There’s Something About Mary (1998)

The opening of the 1998 comedy “There’s Something About Mary” famously begins with a guitarist and drummer sitting in a tree, singing the opening theme.  The tree, supposedly located in front of a high school in Rhode Island, can actually be found in Plantation, Florida.  The tree remains alive and well in front of the Plantation City Hall, albeit with a few less branches.

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LOCATION: 400 NW 73rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

The branch the drummer sat on has since been removed, but the lowest, curved branch on the left of the foreground tree is the one the singer sat on.

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At the conclusion of the song, the camera then pans down to a young Ted, played by Ben Stiller.  He stands in this grass immediately to the right of the tree.  The same area is where Mary, played by Cameron Diaz, meets Ted after he breaks up a confrontation between Mary’s brother Warren and an angry jock.

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The high school itself is no school at all, rather the aforementioned Plantation City Hall.

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LOCATION: 400 NW 73rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

Mary’s house can be found south of Miami in the town of Coral Gables.  The house and yard have since changed a bit.  Some of those changes include doorways and a different railing added on the second level, as well as the front yard converted into a large driveway with a gate.

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LOCATION: 3300 Granada Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

There’s now a wall along the front of the property, but it’s not difficult to see over.

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After a humiliating zipper accident on the day of the prom, Ted loses touch with Mary.  Now well into adulthood, Ted still can’t get her off his mind and decides to travel to Florida to try to find her.  Joined by his friend Dom, played by Chris Elliott, the two track Mary down at her Miami workplace.  The two hide behind this art sculpture and Dom shouts Mary’s name, forcing Ted to approach and talk to her.

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LOCATION: 701 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Here is the full sculpture Ted hides behind.

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Mary stands on these stairs with her brother Warren.  The address is Brickell Ave, but you have to go to the back side of the building along the water to find the areas seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 701 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (back end, facing the water)

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Ted successfully scores a date with Mary and gets a room at the Cardoza Hotel in Miami Beach.  This is where the infamous hair gel scene takes place.

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LOCATION: 1300 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Mary’s apartment, one of the key locations of the film, has unfortunately since been demolished, with high rise condos now in it’s place.  It was formerly located at 2066 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33137.  However, in the closing scenes of the film, the two stand on the street in front of her apartment, facing the water.  This area remains similar to how it appeared in the film.

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LOCATION: NE 20th Terrace / N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33137

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Kingpin (1996)

The 1996, Farrelly Brothers comedy “Kingpin” is criminally underrated, featuring a classic performance by the great Bill Murray, with Woody Harrelson showing suprising comedic chops as well.  The film was shot mostly around Pennsylvania, but like many Farrelly Bothers films, it becomes something of a road trip movie, reaching Reno, Nevada by the film’s climax.

Early in the film, “Big Ern” McCracken, played by Bill Murray and Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, hustle some local bowlers.  As they exit the bowling alley, they are confronted by the guys they duped.  Big Ern lets Roy take the fall, as he speeds off and abandons him at the Beaver Valley Bowl in Rochester, Pennsylvania, with Roy losing his hand in the process.  This same location was used in the Michael Douglas film “Wonder Boys,” where he has his own confrontation with “Vernon Hardapple.”

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LOCATION: 25 New York Ave, Rochester, PA 15074

For the film’s climax, Roy and Big Ern square off at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.  The lanes are not open to public use, but there is a bowling museum inside that is open to the public, for those interested.

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LOCATION: 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501

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