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An insight into OC’s famous filming locations

You are taking a drive and come across some familiar sights. A courthouse that Reese Witherspoon once heroically won her defendant’s case, a market that Vin Diesel once strolled the aisles of and a pier that became a flashback for Bradley Cooper. These are some filming locations in Orange County that have been used for some well-known movie productions.


These movies did outstanding in the box office by earning millions of dollars but still received low and mediocre scores on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. Travel OC by visiting some locations where a few scenes of these popular movies were filmed.



The film is about Elle Woods(Reese Weatherspoon) who is a fashionable sorority girl that was dumped by her boyfriend. She then decides to follow him to law school while there she realizes that there is way more to life than just her looks and goes on to pursue a career in law.

Reese Witherspoon, who played Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” was filmed at the Old Orange County Courthouse rocking her iconic pink courtroom outfit. Photo by Aprel Rose

Legally Blonde had an overall score of 70% on the Tomatometer and a 72% audience score. It grossed over 141.8 million USD at the box office according to Box Office Mojo by IMDb.

In this movie, the courthouse scenes were filmed at the Old Orange County Courthouse located in Santa Ana.



Dominic Toretto(Vin Diesel) is a streetcar racer who seeks adrenaline in fast cars. He meets Brain(Paul Walker) and takes him under his wing. Little does he know Brain is an undercover cop who is seeking out Dom and Johnny Tran’s(Rick Yune) money and rig hijacking case.

T&K Food Market, located in Westminster, made a quick appearance in “The Fast and Furious,” a scene where Dom(Vin Diesel) and Brian(Paul Walker) meet villain, Johnny Tran(Rick Yune). Photo by Aprel Rose

It made 207.3 million in the Box Office Mojo and received a 74% Audience Score and scored a 54% in the Tomatometer.

The Fast And The Furious movie had scenes filmed at the Little Saigon in the city of Westminster.



U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle(Bradley Cooper) protects his comrades and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His sharpshooting skills have led to him saving many lives but have also made him a target of insurgents. Despite the hazard and the hardships faced trying to be a good husband and father back home in the U.S., Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. Although when he does go back home, he realizes that he can’t leave the war in the past.

Actor Bradley Cooper was filmed here, at Seal Beach Pier playing the role of Chris Kyle in the “American Sniper,” walking along the pier holding onto a teddy bear he won for his daughter at the fair. Photo by Aprel Rose

This movie grossed a major 547.4 million USD according to BoxOffice Mojo and received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 72% Tomatometer and an 84% audience score.

A few scenes of this movie were shot at Orange County, located in the Seal Beach pier.