Part 2

The Actual Southern California Locations where
the 2009 comedy "
I Love You, Man" was filmed.






Peter then arrives at the restaurant for his first "date" with Sydney.

That restaurant is actually the James Beach Restaurant, at 60 NVenice Blvd, in Venice, CA.

That's on the south side of Venice Blvd, just west of Pacific Ave, a short stroll from the beach.

We see Peter park on the north side of Venice Blvd (around 52 Venice); he then
crosses the street to the south side, where he enters the restaurant.

(The restaurant has its own website at jamesbeach.com.)

         







In a memorable scene, Peter & Sydney are out walking a dog along the beach, when
a guy yells at Sydney for not picking up after his dog. Sydney reacts by screaming
at the guy like some raving madman, scaring him away.

This scene was shot along Venice's famous Ocean Front Walk (where a zillion other
movie and TV scenes have been filmed). To be more precise, the scene was shot
just north of Paloma Avenue, at approximately 486 Ocean Front Walk.

(The camera is looking south/southeast as the guys walk north/northwest.)

         






Trying to teach Peter to unleash his macho side, Sydney takes him under a pier and gets him
to practice yelling at the top of his lungs - drawing the attention of passers-by on the pier.

This scene was shot under the Santa Monica Pier (another often-used filming location).

You'll find the famous pier at the west end of Colorado Ave, in Santa Monica, CA.


         





Next, we see Sydney's house, when Peter visits him there.

You'll find this little blue house at 26 Rose Ave, VeniceCA.

(That's on the south side of street, about four buildings east of the Speedway.)

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

         




Later, Sydney meets Peter's fiance, Zooey, and her friends, at the engagement party,
held at a Chinese restaurant. He makes a less than favorable impression.

The restaurant shown is Hop Louie, at 950 Mei Ling Way, in L.A.'s Chinatown.

         




Next, we see Peter & Sydney walking through an outdoor shopping center, while Peter
confesses to Sydney about his lack of male friends. Peter agrees to lend Sydney $8,000
for an unknown project, and then asks him to be his Best Man at the wedding.

This scene was shot at The Grove, an upscale shopping center located right
next to L.A.'s original Farmers Market, at 3rd Street & Fairfax, in Los Angeles.

You can see the Farmers Market tower behind them as they walk east.
The animated fountains they stop at are located in The Grove's central park area.

(You can read more about The Grove here.)

         




The most famous scene in the movie (seen in all of the trailers) is where Sydney confronts
Lou (
"The Hulk") Ferrigno at an outdoor cafe. Lou winds up putting Sydney in a sleeper hold.

This scene was shot at the DeliZia Cafe, at 2 Rose Ave, at the southeast
corner of Rose Ave & Ocean Front Walk) in Venice, CA.

         






After Peter & Sydney have had a falling out, Peter goes out for a drive and discovers
that Sydney has bought billboards all over town, touting Peter's real estate business.

In the shot above, we see the first of those billboards, portraying Peter as 007, "License To Sell".

That billboard is real, and is located above Montri Auto Repair, at 1701 Silver Lake Blvd.,
at the tri-corner of Silver Lake Blvd, West Silver Lake Blvd & Effie Street.

(Of course, it now longer displays Sydney's 007 message.)

         




The final scenes take place at the wedding of Peter & Zooey.

It's supposed to be at the "El Encanto Spa & Resort of Montecito", near Santa Barbara.

But in fact, the wedding scene was hundreds of miles to the south, at a
private estate located at 26880 Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu, CA.

The estate is located south of Pacific Coast Highway and above the beach homes
on Malibu Cove Colony Drive, just west of where PCH meets Sea Vista Drive -
about four or five miles west of the Malibu Pier and three miles east of Point Dume.

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

(Thanks to Chas Demster for finding this one.)

         






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The photos on this page are stills from the DVD of "I Love You Man"
(which you can buy by clicking here) and are copyright DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures.

The rest of the page is copyright Gary J. Wayne - 2009 / Seeing-Stars.com