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“The Wedding Singer” Limo Test Parking Lot

Apr 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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One location that fellow stalker Owen has been on the lookout for for what seems like years now is the parking lot where Robbie (aka Adam Sandler) and Julia (aka Drew Barrymore) tested Sammy’s (aka Allen Covert’s) limo driving skills in fave movie The Wedding Singer.  And I think I can safely say that this particular hunt has been one of the most challenging and longest lasting stalks that I’veexperienced to date.  For whatever reason, no matter how hard we tried, neither of us could seem to locate that lot!  I’m really not joking when I say that the two of us looked at pretty much every single parking lot in the greater Los Angeles area, either in person or via aerial views.  Owen even managed to contact at least a dozen crew members involved in the 1998 production, all of whom gave him a different answer when asked where the limo test scene had been filmed.  Talk about frustrating!  Then, miracle of miracles, Owen somehow got his hands on the entire collection of shoot sheets from the movie, one of which stated that the limo scene had been filmed in a public parking lot somewhere on Honolulu Avenue in the city of Montrose.  So, that following Saturday, I dragged my fiancé over to Montrose to stalk each and every lot in the immediate area.

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While watching the Wedding Singer scene, Owen had noticed what he called a “distinct-looking tree” in the background behind Robbie and Julia.  It was that tree that my fiancé and I set out to find that Saturday morning in Montrose.  Sadly, though, none of the lots on Honolulu Avenue had a single, solitary tree, let alone a distinct-looking one.   Owen and I had all but given up hope at that point when fellow stalker Chas, of ItsFilmedThere, managed to get a hold of one of the Wedding Singer producers, who remembered that the scene had been filmed in the auxiliary bus parking lot at Descanso Gardens.  Amazingly enough, I had actually already stalked Descanso’s main lot looking for that tree, but had come up empty-handed.  I hadn’t realized at the time that there was an additional, second lot on the premises.  So, this past weekend, I dragged my fiancé out to Descanso once again, Wedding Singer screen captures in hand, to track down Owen’s distinct-looking tree.

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And, sure enough, we did!  Surprisingly enough, even though the Descanso Gardens auxiliary bus lot is quite large, I spotted Owen’s tree almost immediately.   And I, of course, just had to pose in front of it holding my Wedding Singer screen caps!  :)

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And I am very happy to report that, even though twelve years have passed since The Wedding Singer was filmed, Owen’s tree looks much the same today as it did onscreen.  Sure, it’s a bit larger now and grows a bit more to the right than it did in the movie, but for the most part it is immediately identifiable.  YAY!

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   Now, I do realize that there are some stalkers out there who might say that this location is “just” a tree or “just” a parking lot.  And I get that, I do.  I mean my favorite locations have always been – and always will be – film and television houses.  (Ranking a close second are restaurants, but I digress.)   At the same time, though, this has been one of the most fun stalks I’ve ever been involved with.  As I said above, it’s been long and challenging, but I mean that in the best possible way.   As my fiancé likes to say, it’s about the journey, not the destination.  And even though I was “just” searching for a parking lot – and a parking lot tree – this journey was definitely a blast!   And I’d like to thank Owen for inviting me along for the ride!  :)   So, yes, while it is just a parking lot, I decided this location was definitely blog-worthy.  And, aside from Owen, I knew my friend and fellow stalker Ashley over at TheDrewseum would also appreciate this particular locale.  :)

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In the super cute scene which took place at Descanso, Robbie creates an obstacle course of sorts out of cones to test his best friend’s limo driving ability before he will allow Julia to hire him for her upcoming nuptials.  During the test, Julia says, “Of course I’m going to hire him – not only is he your best friend, but he’s the only limo driver in town.”  To which Robbie replies, “Yeah, I just like having fun with him.”  LOL   Sammy unfortunately hits several of the cones during his test, causing Robbie to admonish, “You hit two cones!  Those could have been people!  Those could have been guests at her wedding!”  To which Sammy says – in what I think is Owen’s favorite line out of the entire movie – “They were CONES!”  LOL 

You can watch the hilarious limo test scene by clicking above.

Big THANK YOU to Chas, from ItsFilmedThere, for finding this location!  :)

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  :)

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Stalk It: The Wedding Singerlimo test parking lot is actually the auxiliary bus parking lot at Descanso Gardens, which is located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Canada Flintridge.  The location where Julia and Robbie were standing in the scene is denoted with a pink “X” in the above aerial map.  Sammy’s limo test starts out next to the shrub located just due north of the pink “X”.

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  1. Harmonie says:

    Wish I’d known you were trying so hard to find this. I grew up in La Cañada, and I recognized the aux parking lot the very first time I saw the film! I would have told you exactly where to go. :)

  2. Ashley says:

    Yaaaay! You know me too well! Of course I love that you stalked this! I’ve always loved how Drew looks in that scene. And “They were COOOONES!” is totally a fave quote too! It’s a long running joke among my friends & I! You rock, Lindsay!

  3. David Crocker says:

    Hey Lindsay,

    I just sent you a couple of emails about tonight’s Buble show. Make sure you check them out before you head downtown.

    Dave

  4. Owen says:

    Aw, thanks for the post. I can’t wait to make my way out there someday and visit this parking lot. And you’re coming along, so I hope you’re excited about yet another trip to a parking lot! 😉

    And yes, that is my favorite line of the movie, if only because of the way Sammy says “cones.” Here’s a reverse countdown of my top five:

    5. Robbie: “Gulia. Julia’s last name is gonna be Gulia. Julia Gulia. That’s funny.” Glenn: “Why is that funny?”
    4 .Robbie: “I hate weddings. I hate the bride. I hate the groom. I want them to be miserable because that’s what I am.”
    3. Sammy: “All I really want is someone to hold me and tell me that everything is gonna be all right.” Old Man: “Everything is gonna be all right.”
    2. Julia: “I think it’s the little things that count.”
    1. Sammy: “They were CONES!”

    And, of course, I love both of the songs Robbie wrote and performed. :)

    Thanks again for the post on such an off-beat locale.


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