6 Star-Studded Films That Filmed Around Boston, Massachusetts
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Many movies don’t want to limit their filming to just a studio. A lot of movies really choose real places to film in. Boston has been featured in many movies over the years. We are here to show you some of the most star-studded movies that shot scenes in Boston!
The Social Network (2010)
If you want to know the origin story of Facebook, then you should watch The Social Network. As many of you might know, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent time studying at Harvard University but the movie wasn’t really allowed to film in the Ivy League school. Wheelock College was basically “Harvard” in some parts of the movie. Other Massachusetts locations they filmed in were Community Rowing Inc., Milton Academy, and Phillips Academy.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Actor Kevin James starred in the comedy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The movie was set in New Jersey but most of it was really filmed in Boston. The mall in the movie was Burlington Mall. Shooting in such a public place like a mall can be tricky since many people might be taking photos or videos. (but if you are one of those people, make sure to have a data recovery expert in Boston on call in case you lose your files) Thankfully, the movie didn’t encounter any problems because they filmed at night when the mall was closed to the public. Other scenes were filmed in Braintree’s South Shore Plaza.
Goodwill Hunting (1997)
Goodwill Hunting was a box-office hit and it featured big names like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and the late Robin Williams. One of the most memorable scenes in the film was filmed on a bench at the Public Gardens in Boston. When Williams passed away back in 2014, the bench reportedly became a shrine for a temporary amount of time. Other scenes in the movie were filmed around the Greater Boston Area.
Mystic River (2003)
Mystic River hit theaters back in 2003 and it did so well at the box office. Lead stars Sean Penn and Tim Robbins even won Academy Awards for their performance in the movie. Just by hearing the title of the movie, you already know it’s talking about Boston’s famous Mystic River. The whole film was set in Boston and you can really see many parts of Boston in the movie.
The Departed (2006)
Infernal Affairs was a Hong Kon film which was later remade into an American film and it was called The Departed. Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, and Matt Damon were all amazing in the movie. Many scenes in the movie were filmed in different places in Boston like the Leonard Zakim Bridge, the Boston Common, the Hurley building, and the Moakley Courthouse.
Fever Pitch (2005)
One of the romantic comedies actress Drew Barrymore starred in was Fever Pitch. Host and comedian, Jimmy Fallon, was her love interest in the movie. The Boston Red Sox were highlighted in the story of the film so it’s not really a surprise they filmed scenes in Boston. Sources say they shot at places like the Fenway Park and the East Boston High School.