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Old 11-27-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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Though a TV show (rather than movie or book) I think Law and Order does a pretty good job of depicting life in NYC.
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Old 11-27-2015, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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San Francisco- The Room
Chicago- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Detroit- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
California, in general- San Andreas
Washington D.C.- Olympus Has Fallen
Munich, Bavaria, Germany- Mein Kampf
New York City- Die Hard With A Vengeance
haha nice
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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A Game of Thrones: King's Landing.
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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Suburban Minneapolis - Juno


It was written while Diablo Cody was living here and you can really tell, the characters and dialogue have Minneapolis written all over them.
How so? Just curious because I love that movie, but it seems it could be set in any suburban area. Is it subtle things like the stores they go to or the "penny saver" ads?
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Old 11-28-2015, 02:25 PM
 
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John Grisham has published many books based in small town/rural Mississippi. Though fiction and based in the fictional Ford County, it shows a good perception of life there from the 60's until 2000's. Many of his books also focus on Biloxi, the Delta area, and other real cities in Mississippi. He has another book, Grey Mountain, which is based on a small town in West Virginia in coal country.
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:15 PM
 
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Montreal -- Nearly all French Canadian films.
New Jersey (Jersey City?) -- Palookaville
Chicago -- Uncle Buck
Arlen, Texas -- King of the Hill
Arlen, Texas is not actually a real place though...
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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New Orleans - Love Song for Bobby Long

East Texas - Bernie

Office Space - Austin and Dallas

Rural Louisiana - Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood, and Hope Floats

Small towns in Germany - The Nasty Girl

The worst parts of Appalachia - Winter's Bone

Savannah - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (really could be set in any number of deep south midsize cities - it got the "feel" right)

Rural Texas and Louisiana - The Apostle

Rural Louisiana - Passion Fish

Rural Louisiana - Schultze Gets the Blues

As you can tell, I'm pretty familiar with Louisiana - LOL!
I really liked the movie Love Song for Bobby Long.

It should be noted that Winter's Bone was set (and filmed on location) in the Ozarks of southen Missouri (in and around Branson) and not in Appalachia.

Also, Hope Floats was set and filmed in Smithville, TX (which not too far from Austin) and not in Louisiana.
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Old 11-29-2015, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I grew up in Suburban Chicago, and the already-mentioned John Hughes 80s flicks show a great side of life in the northern suburbs during a prosperous time. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation also gets the Chicago 'burbs right -- the freezing weather, Bears hats, the "hey Santa Claus" singers on the city streets at Christmastime, etc.

One of the few movies to REALLY get the Chicago weather right is the 2014 movie Reasonable Doubt. Rarely do movies get the weather of certain cities right -- no matter what city they're depicting, it's almost always summertime unless a different season is needed for plot purposes. Reasonable Doubt actually gets Chicago weather right -- the constant gray-ness, overcast skies, people bundled up in huge puffy coats, etc.

I think the TV show Cougar Town does a pretty decent job of actually depicting a certain type of culture in Florida (I lived in FL for several years). Middle-aged women who look fantastic but are mildly alcoholic, constant wine-guzzling, relationships constantly changing, etc. Pretty accurate actually!
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Though a TV show (rather than movie or book) I think Law and Order does a pretty good job of depicting life in NYC.
Ha! I think not. Can't tell you how many folks I've met who think life here is like L&O, like we're always discovering bodies in the street on our way home or living next door to sexual psychopaths. Not. Life here is much more prosaic. For instance:

Frequency -- Clever sci fi thriller with good depictions of borough life
Six Degrees of Seperation -- Wicked satire of Manhattan's upper crust
Clockers--Richard Price's tale of drug dealing in the PJs, via Spike Lee
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:45 PM
 
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Some cities are too big and segmented to depict well in a single movie.

But for a sliver of Boston, Mystic River is good.
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