Part 2

The Actual Southern California Locations where the
2010 comedy,
"Dinner for Schmucks", was filmed.




Tim learns that Kieran may be taking Julie to his ranch, and Tim becomes desperate to find out where
it is. Fortunately, Barry works for the IRS, giving him possible access to Kieran tax forms.

In this scene, Tim takes Barry to his workplace, the Internal Revenue Service's
Canoga Processing Center
, where Barry attempts to convince 'Therman',
his bizarre 'mind control'-wielding co-worker, to give him Kieran's address.

This building actually is in the San Fernando Valley, but not, as you might expect, in Canoga Park.
Instead, you'll find just south of that city, at 6301 Owensmouth Ave, in Woodland Hills, CA.
(In real life, it's a headquarters of the 21st Century Insurance Group.)

(Here's a Google StreetView panorama of the building.)

         




Tim goes to a fancy restaurant for a meeting with a very important client couple, the Muellers.
Mrs. Mueller is eager to meet Tim's fiancé, Julie, but Julie hasn't come with him.

To try to remedy this problem, crazy Barry arrives on the scene with the equally crazy 'Darla' in tow,
attempting to pass Darla off as Julie. It only succeeds in creating an embarassing mess.

This scene was shot at The Madison restaurant, an elegant restaurant housed
in a 1919 bank building at 102 Pine Avenue, in Long BeachCA.


(Here's a Google StreetView panorama of the restaurant.)

         




However, when Tim goes outside to the restaurant's parking lot (and is attacked by crazy Darla),
the producers cheat a bit and switch locations, from Long Beach to Culver City.

This scene was actually shot in the parking lot on the south side of the historic Culver Hotel,
located at 9400 Culver Boulevard, in Culver City, CA. That's just a few blocks away from
the old MGM Studios (now Sony). This hotel became famous during the 1939 filming of
"The Wizard of Oz", when the little people playing the Munchkins were put up at the hotel.


(Here's a Google StreetView panorama of the hotel.)

         




Hoping to rescue Julie from Kieran's clutches, Tim finally tracks down Kieran's ranch.

This scene was shot at El Campeon Farms, at 1313 W. Potrero Road, in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Thousand Oaks is west of the Valley, about 20 miles west of Calabasas. The ranch is about two miles
south of the Ventura (1101) Freeway, and about two miles northwest of Lake Sherwood.
The barns seen in the screencap above are just northeast of the main entrance.


(Here's a Google StreetView panorama of the ranch.)

         




The plot builds up to the grand finale: the "dinner for schmucks" at Fender's mansion.

The guests arr told to bring along an idiot to the dinner, and the biggest idiot wins a prize.
Tim, of course, brings Barry, resulting in an insane duel of minds between Barry & Therman,
the loss of Mueller's finger to a vulture, and ultimately, the destruction of the mansion.

This mansion is located at 380 SSan Rafael Ave, on the west side of Pasadena, CA.
( If it looks familiar, it might be because it also played Wayne Manor on the old TV series "Batman". )

[ Warningthis is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property, knock on their door,
or do anything else that might disturb the residents!
]


         










The photos on this page are stills from the DVD of "Dinner For Schmucks"
(which you can buy by clicking here) and are copyright Paramount & DreamWorks.

The rest of the page is copyright Gary J. Wayne - 2011 / Seeing-Stars.com