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People of Seattle . . . Revolt!

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So I just got done watching the movie 50/50 with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogan. Now I don’t want to take anything away from this movie because I really enjoyed it. I laughed, I cried, I thought it was a great movie.

However, as a person who lives very near Seattle, I’m getting pretty tired of movies set in Seattle being filmed in Vancouver. I mean seriously would the movie lose so much if we just said “Hey this time it’s in Vancouver.” Really? Would it? To the rest of the world Seattle isn’t even in the United States, let alone Washington anyway, so what would be the big flippin’ deal if for once a movie took place in Vancouver British Colombia? And to my friends in Canada, you should be equally as pissed.

Within the first 3 minutes of the film, Joseph Gordon Levitt defies the laws of nature and is seen running around Stanley Park with Vancouver clearly in the background. Then cut to the next scene and he’s standing on 4th and Pike in downtown Seattle finishing his run with the Space Needle in the background. I mean really? Does it have to be that obvious? And the killer in this film is when JGL is having his breakdown IN STANLEY PARK and cries “I’ve never even been to Canada!”

And to top it all off, the piece de la resistance . . . the end credits are set to Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter” . . . . We get it . . . it’s really in Seattle.

I’m sure it’s cheaper, etc. to film in Vancouver than Seattle. Lots of stuff has been in Vancouver. I’m just tired of the whole “Let’s pass it off as Seattle” thing. For 99% of the world they didn’t even notice. But for me it was a distraction to an otherwise great and touching movie. Maybe it’s just me.

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    David Mietzke | Jan 5, 2016 at 5:40 am

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      admin | Jan 5, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Oh great, what is this rabbit hole you’ve lead me down Davie . . . I could spend hours watching that YouTube channel! I loved the one about Vancouver . . . I’ve spent enough time there that I can generally pick out Vancouver in movies. It does taint the experience of the movie just a bit for me . . . Thanks for reading!

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