Actual Southern California locations where 2008's "Step Brothers" was filmed.

In the movie, this is the Dobak/Huff family home, where Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell)
and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) are forced to live together after their respective
parents (played by Mary Steenburgen & Richard Jenkins) get married..

You'll find that house at 1987 Midwick Drive, in Altadena, CA.
(The city of Altadena is just north of Pasadena, CA)

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

Brennan learns that Dale is afraid to walk home via the shortest route because he is afraid of a bully.
Brennan insists that they take that route and confront the problem.

Bad idea. The bullies turn out to be little kids, but the goofy pair of adults still end up being
humiliated by them, and afterward agree to take another route home in the future.

You'd think that this scene would have been shot at a park or a school, but instead, it was filmed on
the park-like grounds of the U.S. Veterans Hospital, at 16111 Plummer Street, in North Hills, CA.

The scene was shot just south of the center's north border of Lassen Street, about mid-way
between Woodley & Haskell Avenues. To be more specific, the boys were walking south
down the west side of Superior Street, a small street inside the grounds of the hospital,
while the kids approached them from the west.

After their disastrous job interview (and before their confrontation with the kid bullies),
we see Brennan & Dale get off a Metroline train and head home, with Dale riding a bicycle.

This small town scene was shot on the 900 block Meridian Ave, just south of
Mission Street, in the historic section of the city of South Pasadena.

In the photo above, the brick building you see behind them is at 950 Mission Street,
on the northwest corner of Mission & Meridian.

[ This same neighborhood served as Nancy Drew's home town in the 2007 movie
of the same name, and as Haddonfield in "Halloween".]

In the photo below, they are walking along the west side of the 900 block of Meridian Ave,
between Mission (on the north) and El Centro (on the south). The small building to the
right is at 913 Meridian Ave, and houses the South Pasadena Historical Museum.

The new family goes out to dinner at "R.J. Posner's" restaurant ("Steak & Fine Dining").

In real life, it is actually "The Derby" restaurant, at 233 E. Huntington Drive, in Arcadia, CA.,
just a couple blocks east of Santa Anita racetrack. (Arcadia is located to the east of Altadena.)

In the photo above, the camera is looking east. The real sign outside reads "World Famous" -
they left that up in the movie, and just changed the name.

The restaurant was opened in 1938 by Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf. He was aboard
Seabiscuit when he defeated War Admiral in that famous match race dramatized in
the 2003 Tobey McGuire movie, "Seabiscuit", and he was killed eight years
later when he was thrown by his mount during a race at Santa Anita.

The interior shots (below) were also filmed at the Derby.

( The scene of Brennan & Dale crashing Mr. Dobak's boat onto the rocks - shown as part of their
"Prestige International" presentation movie - was shot on the west side of Parkers Lighthouse
restaurant, at the southwest tip of Shoreline Village, in Long Beach, CA.   Map )

The much ballyhooed "Catalina Wine Mixer" wasn't filmed on Catalina Island.

Oh, they threw in an establishing shot of the island, but they shot almost all of the scenes
(including the climatic concert) on the mainland, at a golf course, Trump National Golf Course,
which is perched on a cliff in Palos Verdes overlooking the Pacific. In fact, if you look out at
the ocean in some of the shots, you can see the real Catalina Island off in the distance.

The address is One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, but you'll find it just off
Palos Verdes Drive, the main road that runs along the coast of the Palos Verdes peninsula.

( And yes, it's that Trump.  You'll find the golf course's website at )

( Special thanks to Chas Demster for the Doback/Huff house location.)

More movie locations!


Most of photos on this page are stills from the DVD of "Step Brothers"
(which you can buy by clicking here) and are copyright Columbia Pictures.

The rest of the page is Copyright  2020-Gary Wayne/