The most memorable moment in "Superbad"
is, no doubt, the scene in the liquor store.
Nerdy high school student 'Fogell'
(Christopher Mintz-Plasse), goes into
"TJ's Liquor", and
attempts to buy $100 worth of alcohol, sporting a fake ID with a single
In the middle of his attempt, the store
is robbed, and "McLovin" is punched out by the robber.
Two cops (Bill
Hader & Seth Rogen)
arrive on the scene, get a bang out of the fake name,
and take the kid on a wild tour of the city in their squad car.
liquor store robbery
scenes were filmed at
"7 Days Food Store",
in a small strip mall at 1700 Victory Blvd,
The strip mall is
located at the west/northwest corner of Victory Blvd and Western Ave, just
north of the Los Angeles Zoo and just east of the L.A. Equestrian Center
(both in Griffith Park).
lot of that same small strip mall is also
where 'Seth' (Jonah Hill)
gets hit by a car,
driven by a creepy guy named 'Francis' (Joe
Lo Truglio) who then drives Seth &
'Evan' (Michael Cera)
to a dangerous house party. That scene was shot in the narrow
parking lot along Victory Blvd, in front of the liquor store, near a yellow
that infamous liquor store scene, Seth,
convinced that the fake
"McLovin" ID will never work, first tries to steal the booze
himself from a supermarket -
but he chickens out after he imagines being murdered by the store's security
Those supermarket scenes
were filmed a former Von's market, now called
at 1717 W Glenoaks Blvd,
( That's at the northwest corner of Glenoaks & Western Ave,
only one mile northeast of the liquor store.
is seen briefly near the start of the film. That house can be found at
17200 Rayen Street, in Northridge,
CA, just east of Louise Ave.
That's on the south side of
the street, less than a mile northeast of the block
where they filmed the party house
and the police chase scenes.
this is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything else that might disturb the residents.]
The scenes of the kids' high school
("Clark Secondary School") were filmed at El Segundo High School,
at 640 Main Street,
in El Segundo,
CA (the same high school attended by "Joan of Arcadia").
El Segundo is just south of
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and north of Manhattan Beach.
In the shot above,
the camera is looking east, at the main entrance to the high school's main
(which faces Main Street). In the shot below (including
the school sign), the camera is looking southeast,
towards at a matching brick school building just south of the main building.
The track & field
scenes, with 'Seth' running, (then being insulted when he fails
to keep up
with the other runners), were also shot at El
Segundo High, on the south side
school's main (oval) track, behind the south grandstands.
( In the photo above, the camera is
looking east/southeast. )
When Seth & Evan first
arrive at school, Seth wants to buy a 'Red Bull" drink at a nearby
so he parks illegally in the faculty parking lot
(and his car gets towed). That parking lot scene
(above) was shot in a small parking lot on the south
side of El Segundo High.
In the photo above,
the camera is looking north from Mariposa Ave,
just east of Standard St.
The shot below
(of high school kids crossing the street, heading for the school), was
to the faculty parking lot, looking west up
E. Mariposa Avenue (just east of Standard
After parking in the faculty
lot, Seth and Evan walk across to a mini-mart to get Seth's "Red
In the store, they look at a photo of a topless girl on the cover of a
men's magazine, and discuss
their chances of scoring with prospective girlfriends. On the way out of
the store, they are
accosted by a student who spits on Seth, and tells him he can't come to
It would have been a long walk
from the school... Those mini-mart scenes
were shot at the
at 4273 Overland Ave, in
Culver City, CA.
( That's a good 10 miles
northeast of the high school. ) The store is
in a strip mall at the west/northwest corner
of Overland & Braddock Drive ...just two miles north of the Fox