Thursday, June 24, 2021

Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop (1993)


In the 80s, Salt-N-Peppa paved the way for female rappers.  But they didn't see their biggest success until the 90s with the release of their Very Necessary album.  The lead single Shoop was their first to crack the top 10 and became their highest charting hit as a group.  Whatta Man featuring En Vogue was also a top 10 hit and None of Your Business won the group their first Grammy.  In keeping with the sexually-charged lyrics, the video shows the girls lounging on the beach ogling over a multitude of men in between performing choreography that for sure inspired Nomi Malone.

Shoop was filmed in Brooklyn, NY

Location: Superior Market
Address: 2428 Mermaid Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Just across the street is the basketball court...

Location: The Beach
Address: 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  Coney Island Amusement Park

Locations Visited: December 2020

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Parenthood (1989)

Gil Buckman and his siblings are dealing with a wide range of issues with their children, including emotional problems, cognitive development and teen pregnancy.  Even their father has his hands full when their black sheep brother Larry drifts into town with his son.  The Buckman Family braves the hardships and come out the other side better and bigger.

Ron Howard's trials and tribulations of parenting was well-received by moviegoers and critics alike.  Parenthood grossed over 100 million dollars.  Randy Newman scored an Oscar nomination for Best Song while Dianne Wiest earned one for Best Supporting Actress.  The film was twice adapted for television, first in 1990 and more successfully in 2010.

Parenthood was filmed in Orlando, Winter Park and College Park, FL

Location: Helen's House
Address: 1327 Eastin Avenue, Orlando, FL

Location: Gil & Karen's House
Address: 2121 Lakeside Drive, Orlando, FL

Unfortunately the house was torn down after sometime after filming...

Location: Susan & Nathan's House
Address: 815 McIntyre Avenue, Winter Park, FL

Location: Frank & Marilyn's House
Address: 1402 West Smith Street, College Park, FL

Location: Gerald Paris Elementary School
Address: 800 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, FL  Beardall Senior Center

Location: Fox Photo Booth
Address: 2015 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL

The booth was torn down after filming...

Location: Little League Game
Address: 1055 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, FL

Locations Visited: March 2020

Friday, June 4, 2021

There’s Something About Mary (1998)


After an unfortunate zipper incident on prom night, Ted Stroehmann loses touch with his date Mary Jensen.  After several years of pining over her, Ted hires private detective Pat Healy to locate Mary.  He tracks her down in Miami and ends up falling in love with her too, lying to Ted about Mary's life.  But there's even more competition from Mary's friend Tucker, who is also in love with her so much that he feigns a disability.  Add Brett Favre and Mary's neighbor's boyfriend to the list of guys who find there's something about Mary.  The multiple deceptions are finally unveiled and Mary decides she'll be happiest with Ted.

Quirky comedy directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who brought us Dumber and Dumber and Kingpin, delivers another hilarious and raunchy effort with There's Something About Mary.  The film was a commercial success, making over seven times its budget and gaining high praises for Cameron Diaz.  It is of course remembered for one particular scene involving an alternative to hair gel when you're in a pinch ;-)  

There's Something About Mary was filmed in Plantation, Coral Gables, Pembroke Park, Miami and Miami Beach, FL and Providence, RI

Location: Cumberland High School
Address: 400 Northwest 73rd Avenue, Plantation, FL

Location: The Jensen's House
Address: 3300 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL

I guess they've gotten too many visitors over the years...

Location: Sully's Picked Up
Address: 157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  Big Pink Diner

Location: Mary Jensen's House
Address: formerly at 2066 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL

The house was demolished back in 2008 after part of a crane building the high-rise behind it crashed through the roof...

Location: Aqua Golf Driving Range
Address: 2250 S. Park Road, Pembroke Park, FL

Location: Metro Dade Cultural Center
Address: 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL

Location: Mary's Office
Address: behind 701 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL

Location: Cardozo Hotel
Address: 1300 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Locations Visited: April 2021

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