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The License to Drive School

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This weekend, thanks to Mike over at MovieShotsLA, I got to stalk the high school used in fave 80s movie License to Drive.  When I found out that Mike had found this filming location long ago, I completely freaked out and of course immediately dragged my boyfriend, and my good friend Nat who was visiting from San Francisco, out to stalk it.  It turns out, though, that the License to Drive high school is not really a high school at all, but rather a middle school named Walter Reed.   And, let me tell you, for a middle school the place is absolutely HUGE.  I couldn’t get over it!  I think my entire junior high could have fit on Walter Reed’s front lawn.  LOL 

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Walter Reed Middle School shows up several times in License to Drive, most often as the location where Mercedes Lane waits on an outdoor bench for her Ferrari-driving boyfriend to pick her up after school.  It was that bench that I was most excited to see in person as I absolutely worshiped Mercedes growing up!  I am happy to report that Mercedes’ bench is still there twenty years later and looks pretty much exactly the same as it did when filming took place.  I can’t tell you how excited I was to be sitting in the exact spot my idol Mercedes Lane had sat all those years ago.  🙂  Too bad I didn’t have my denim skirt and white ankle boots on for the picture.  LOL

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Walter Reed’s unique pick-up/drop-off area located in front of the school is the reason I believe producers chose to use the school for filming.  That area worked perfectly for the many pick-up/drop-off scenes featured in the movie.

Besides License to Drive, Walter Reed also appeared in 7th Heaven (as Simon Camden’s elementary school), 2006’s The Shaggy Dog  remake, Role Models, Accepted, The West Wing, CSI, and Malcom in the Middle.  The exterior of the school is very picturesque and has a very Middle America feel to it, so it is easy to see why it is used so often for filming.  I was also excited to find out that quite a few celebs attended Walter Reed during their tween years, including Mayim Bialik (aka TV’s Blossom), Brian Austin Green, Adam Carolla, Teri Garr, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alyson Hannigan, Christina Milian, and, ironically, Khrystyne Haje who played Simone on Head of the Class.  I say ironically because the storyline of Head of the Class, the show Khrystyne would later star in, was actually loosely based on the Walter Reed Middle School honor program. 🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Walter Reed Middle School is located at 4525 Irvine Avenue in North Hollywood.

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“I Don’t Need the BMW Anymore, I Already Have A Mercedes!”

This past weekend while out stalking Les Anderson’s house  from my fave 80s movie License to Drive, I randomly found the house of his girlfriend Mercedes from the movie.  This was another location that Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I were obsessed with finding.  We had been doing some cyber-stalking of Mercedes’ house for a few weeks with no luck.  We both had an inkling, though, that the house was somewhere right around Les’ house.  And then, this weekend, fate stepped in.  As my boyfriend pulled the car away from Les Anderson’s house, he took a turn onto Loring Drive and I literally started screaming “STOP THE CAR!”  Out of the corner of my eye, I had spotted the house!

Truth be told, I didn’t so much spot the house, as I did the street in front of the house.  While watching License to Drive  trying to find Mercedes’ house, I noticed that three streets joined and became one right at her front door (shown in the above screen capture).  I had been cyberstalking all week, trying to find three streets that came together in front of a large brick house, but to no avail.  Until my boyfriend took a turn onto Loring on Sunday, and I noticed the exact same street set-up that I had seen so many times in the movie.  When my boyfriend backed the car up, I looked at the house located where the three streets meet and sure enough, there was Mercedes’ house!  YAY! 

I must say it was very exciting to be standing there in my teenage idol’s footsteps, even all these years later.  🙂  Especially since the house looks exactly like it did back when License to Drive  was filmed.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Mercedes house is located at 485 Loring Drive in Los Angeles, just a few blocks from Corey Haim’s house in the movie.

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License to Stalk!

When I was about ten years old, my favorite movie in the world was License to Drive  starring the two Coreys.  I bought the movie on VHS and literally watched it every single Friday and Saturday night.  I was absolutely obsessed with Mercedes Lane in the movie, a character played by Heather Graham.  I wanted nothing more than to have her spectacular long, curly hair, her cute boyfriend Les Anderson, and, especially, her white VW Cabriolet convertible.  Six years later, I was still obsessed with Mercedes and I actually did end up getting a white Cabriolet when I turned 16 and I could not have been happier!  I didn’t have the long gorgeous hair or the cute boyfriend, but hey, you can’t win ’em all.  😉  Anyway, I’ve always wanted to stalk the houses used in the movie, especially Les Anderson’s (Corey Haim’s) house and for the past few weeks Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I have made it our mission to find the filming locations from the 80s flick.  So I almost fell over on Friday when I received a text message from Mike telling me that he had located Les’ house in the movie!  YAY!

I must say that Mike is a true stalking genius and my hat is off to him, yet again!  After a few weeks with no luck in locating the Anderson house, Mike noticed that an address for Les and his twin sister is shown quite clearly in the scene when they both receive their driver’s licenses.  So Mike Googled the address, and while the one shown on the licenses doesn’t exist in real life, there is in fact a “Dalehurst Drive” in Los Angeles and sure enough, there was the Anderson home, just a few numbers off from the fake address.  🙂  I am starting to realize that, more often than not, producers will show the actual addresses of homes used in productions rather than making up fake ones.  All the hours we spent looking for the Anderson house and there it was right under our noses the whole time!  LOL

So this weekend, I dragged my boyfriend and my best friend out to do some License to Drive  stalking.  🙂  Except for a few minor differences, the house looks pretty much exactly the same today as it did 20 years ago when the movie was filmed.  Missing, though, are the front bushes Les drives his Grandfather’s Cadillac through when he sneaks out to go on his date with Mercedes.  LOL

I also had to snap some pics of the distinct shaped house located across the street from the Anderson home, just to be sure I was stalking the right place.  The neighbor’s house also looks pretty much the same, except for what looks like a small ad-on that must have been done after License to Drive  was filmed.   

I must say it was VERY COOL to be standing there in front of the Anderson house after countless times of seeing it immortalized on my television screen.  I highly recommend stalking the home if you are at all a fan of License to Drive.  If you have yet to see the movie, RENT IT!  It is a definite 80s classic!! 🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Les Anderson’s house in the movie is located at 536 Dalehurst Avenue in Los Angeles, near the UCLA campus. 

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