“30 Minutes or Less” is (almost) all Grand Rapids

August 11th, 2011 at 11:37 pm by under Entertainment

Grand Rapids is the city setting for “30 Minutes or Less” … with a little help from Ludington

If you set out to catch all the West Michigan locations in “30 Minutes or Less”, you’ll be constantly pointing at the screen, but if you’re just watching for the fun of the movie, here’s a look at the many familiar places in the movie:

(video version from 8/12/11 5pm news)

Filmed at abandonded bank in Ludington, MI - "30 Minutes Or Less" photo courtesy Columbia Pictures

*Jesse Eisenberg’s “Nick” works for Vito’s Pizza (658 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI) - and the name stays – even on the shirts and the pizza boxes!!

*Nick drives down familiar red brick roads of Grand Rapids to deliver his pizzas and through Heritage Hill neighborhoods during other scenes

*Nick and Chet (Aziz Ansari) go shopping for “supplies” at the Family Dollar (730 28th Street Southwest, in Wyoming, MI)

*There’s a short scene at the “4 Star Gas” on Chicago Drive and Godfrey Avenue in Wyoming, MI across the street from the Holy Name of Jesus Church

*The big chase down Division Avenue (between Fulton Street and Wealthy Street)

On Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, "30 Minutes Or Less" courtesy Columbia Pictures

*The chase starts after the bank robbery which was actually filmed at a vacant Old Kent bank on James St. in Ludington, MI

*Danny McBride (Dwayne) and Nick Swardson (Travis) celebrate with “victory tacos” at Taco Boy and plan their next move (3475 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids)

*Brookside Elementary School (2505 Madison Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI) was used for the school in the movie

*Scenes over and around the Sixth Street Bridge (you may remember from “Caught in the Crossfire”)

*At the Brass Works Building on Monroe Avenue

*Train tracks near Wealthy Avenue

*DJ’s Cocktail Lounge on 28th Street (1740 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI)

You might want to see the movie again to catch the locations or all the jokes within the story!

Video version from segment on EightWest: Behind the scenes of  “30 Minutes or Less”

Previous post on locations (6/23/11): New trailer for “30 Minutes or Less” includes chase scene down Division Avenue

The new trailer has hit the web  for the movie filmed in West Michigan last year (August through October).  The first trailer was a “red band” trailer (that means “R” rated).. but this one is going out to almost all audiences (except little kids).

“30 Minutes or Less” is the biggest movie project ever to film in West Michigan.  The Ben Stiller produced comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Anzari about a pizza delivery guy forced to rob a bank by wanne-be criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson).

Crews spent more about three months filming the entire movie in the Grand Rapids area last August through October.  The West Michigan Film Office called it the “largest and longest project ever to film in West Michigan.”  Although there have been no published reports on the budget, it was rumored to be a seven-figure movie.

“30 Minutes or Less” is scheduled to hit theaters August 12th, 2011.

Check out the trailer on YouTube here !!!!

Previous Posts on “30 Minutes or Less”:
6/10/10 – http://blogs.woodtv.com/2010/06/10/30-minutes-needs-a-bank/
5/25/10 – http://blogs.woodtv.com/2010/05/25/gr-getting-stiller-produced-comedy-30-minutes-or-less/

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