Frailty (2001)

Bill Paxton’s criminally overlooked 2001 film “Frailty,” starring Matthew McConaughey, is set in the town of Thurman, Texas.  However, the movie primarily filmed around Southern California, with many scenes shot in Orange County.

The FBI Headquarters was filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios.  This is a large facility consisting of numerous buildings.  The studio has been used, both for interior and exterior sets, in countless films and shows, such as “The Game,” “Fight Club” and dozens more.  It’s difficult to photograph the property, because many of the surrounding roads are gated off.  This view is from one of the gates at S Boylston St.

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LOCATION: 450 S Bixel St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Adam Meiks, played by Matthew McConaughey, lives in this house in Covina.

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LOCATION: 470 W Center St, Covina, CA 91723

Thurman Drugs was filmed at the famous Orange Circle.  Another staple of film, Orange Circle has been featured in such movies as “Small Soldiers,” “Big Momma’s House,” “That Thing You Do!” and many more.  The drug store location is now a pizza shop.

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LOCATION: 101 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The boys are seen walking by this church, also found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 305 W Almond Ave, Orange, CA 92866

Flashback scenes to the family home were filmed in Sun Valley.

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LOCATION: 10643 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The school the boys attend was Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier.

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LOCATION: 6812 Norwalk Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

The sheriff station seen in flashbacks can be found very close to Orange Circle.

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LOCATION: 312 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Cynthia Harbridge can also be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 435 E Palmyra Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The home of Brad White can likewise be found in Orange.

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LOCATION: 225 E Maple Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The present day sheriff station is located in Norwalk.

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LOCATION: 12139 Front St, Norwalk, CA 90650

If you’ve never seen the film, we highly recommend you seek it out.

Big Momma’s House (2000)

In the 2000 comedy “Big Moma’s House,” Big Momma, played by Martin Lawrence, lives at this house in Orange, California.

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LOCATION: 192 N Shaffer St, Orange, CA 92866

The FBI is on a stakeout, watching the house from across the street.  The real house is indeed located directly across from Big Momma’s house, as seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 195 N Shaffer St, Orange, CA 92866

Big Momma goes out walking around Orange Circle.  A staple of film, Orange Circle has also been seen in such movies as “That Thing You Do!,” “Small Soldiers,” “Frailty,” and many more.

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LOCATION: 102 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

No Doubt House

While Anaheim is primarily known as the home of Disneyland, another big piece of the city’s pop culture legacy is the rock band No Doubt.  The former Stefani house on Beacon Avenue in Anaheim plays a major role in the band’s history.  After their formation, No Doubt regularly practiced in the garage of this house.  When they finally found their breakthrough hit, “Just A Girl,” the house was seen in the music video (the neighbor’s house to the left could be seen as well), as Gwen Stefani sings in the driveway.  The band even named their record label Beacon Street Records, as well as naming one of their albums “The Beacon Street Collection,” all in reference to their beginnings at this home.  A shot of the band in the driveway can be seen on the back cover of the album.

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LOCATION: 1173 W Beacon Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802