The “Dude, Where’s My Car?” HousesJan 8th, 2010 | By Lindsay | Category: Movie Locations
About six or seven years ago, my best friend Robin came to visit me from Switzerland for a few weeks and one night we found ourselves renting the 2000 cult comedy Dude, Where’s My Car? Being that the entire premise of the flick centers around two guys who lose their car, I honestly didn’t have very high expectations for the movie, but, let me tell you, Robin and I were pretty much dying laughing throughout the entire thing. And if I’m not mistaken, I believe we even re-watched it again the following evening. What can I say – I’m a big fan of lowbrow humor. Robin and my catch phrase for a good year or two after that was “And then? And then? And then?” LOL I should admit here that I’ve also always had a special place in my heart for Ashton Kutcher (even though it’s truly difficult to like anyone who Twitters as much as he does) thanks to a story told to me by an acquaintance who spent an evening with him about a decade ago. According to my friend, who worked in PR at the time, back in the late 90s before Ashton had become a household name, she attended some sort of showbiz party with the rising star and a group of his friends. After the party, the entire group ended up crashing at Ashton’s house. The following morning, my friend awoke when Ashton Kutcher entered the room she had been sleeping in, pounced on her bed, grabbed her pillow out from under her head and proceeded to smack her in the face with it while screaming “PILLOW FIGHT!” Well, let me tell you, my friend was NOT happy about her unexpected wake-up call. Of the incident, she later said to me – and I quote – “All I could think was, did Ashton Kutcher honestly just pillow fight me????” LOL LOL LOL Needless to say, she and Ashton didn’t speak much after that, but once I heard the story I couldn’t help but love the guy. If someone had woken me up with a pillow to the face like that, I can honestly say that they would have become my new best friend! What can I say, I love childish antics! Anyway, every time I see Ashton Kutcher onscreen now, I can’t help but think of my friend’s story and smile. So, when fellow stalker Chas texted me to let me know that Robert Patterson – not to be confused with actor Robert Pattinson – from the website Movie Locations and More had tracked down two of the main houses used in Dude, Where’s My Car?, I just about died of excitement and immediately ran right out to stalk both of them. Thank you, Robert!
The first Dude, Where’s My Car? location Robert tracked down was the house belonging to Chester and Jesse (aka Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher) in the flick. And as you can see in the above screen captures and photographs, the residence has been cleaned up quite a bit since filming took place there ten years ago. I am not sure if the house was in a state of disarray prior to the filming and that’s why it was chosen or if producers had the place dressed down for the production, but either way it looks quite different today than it did when Dude, Where’s My Car? was filmed. And while I would normally be upset over someone altering a movie house, being that the dudes’ home was pretty much in shambles in the movie, this is one case where I really can’t fault the owner for changing things around. I am pretty sure I would do the very same thing. 😉 But even with a new walkway, new windows, a new paintjob, and new landscaping, I am happy to report that the Dude, Where’s My Car? house is still recognizable from the movie. The porch steps, porch light, porch awning, and address plaque all still look exactly the same today as they did in the flick. YAY! (On a side note – I really have to apologize for the photos that appear in this post – they were taken right at dusk after a long day of stalking and unfortunately, due to the poor lighting, did not come out very well.)
The second house that Robert located was the residence belonging to the Twins (aka Marla Sokoloff and a very young Jennifer Garner) in the flick. The Twin’s house also looks quite a bit different today than how it appeared in the movie. And I have to say that I actually prefer the home’s movie appearance to the way it looks in real life, because, like all girls, I am a fan of Tiffany Blue and I just love that it was used as the house’s trim color in Dude, Where’s My Car? So darn cute! Also missing in real life is the circular popped out window that is located above the home’s front porch in the movie – a feature that I am assuming was added solely for the filming and then later removed. I am happy to report, though, that the white picket fence that got destroyed in Dude, Where’s My Car? is in fact a real feature of the house. In real life, though, it’s in a bit better shape than how it was portrayed in the movie. 😉
And a little bit of movie trivia for you – a pre-Bachelor Charlie O’Connell, brother of actor Jerry O’Connell, had a fairly large role in Dude, Where’s My Car? playing Kristy Swanson’s jerk boyfriend, Tommy.
On a side note – For some odd reason, for the past few months I have been having a hard time responding to the comments on my blog and neither my fiancé nor I can figure out what the problem is. So, if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t responded to comments lately, that’s why. Hopefully we can get the problem worked out soon, but in the meantime keep commenting and I will try to respond when I can. Thanks for your patience with this and thank you to everyone who has been responding to the comments for me. I really appreciate it.
Big THANK YOU to Robert from Movie Locations and More for finding these locations!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: Jesse and Chester’s house from Dude, Where’s My Car? is located at 4177 Bakman Drive in North Hollywood. Wanda and Wilma’s house from the movie is located just around the corner at 4160 Klump Avenue, also in North Hollywood.