Vanessa Ho

Movies on location

Hollywood just loves small towns. From Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Phenomenon, mainstream movies have rarely displayed anything but reverence for that white-picket world of green lawns, Little League, and values like fairness and civility.

But just how well do Hollywood and small-town America really mix? Every year, scores of productions forgo the controlled sterility of L.A.’s soundstages for the verisimilitude of location shooting. What exactly happens when Sunset Boulevard meets Main Street, USA?

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