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'The Guilt Trip' Takes Audiences Across the U.S. Without Ever Leaving Malibu

December 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

The Guilt Trip features all the components of a great road trip movie—a steak eating contest, a stop at the Grand Canyon, and endless hours gabbing in the car—but, there's just one catch: it was shot almost entirely in Malibu, CA.

The movie's star, Barbra Streisand, would only agree to join the cross-country flick if it was entirely filmed within 45 minutes of her Malibu home. The concession meant that most of the iconic locations in the movie, like the Grand Canyon, were filmed in a sound stage (specially built in Malibu) using green screen.

The movie follows Andy, a brilliant chemist and inventor (played by Seth Rogen) who is embarking on a cross-country road trip to find distributors for his new organic-cleaning fluid. But first, he stops to say good-bye to his mother who ends up tagging along which is when hilarity (and endless nagging) ensues.

The only "real" destination in the film (outside of a few on location shoots that took place within the 45 minute zone around Barbra's mansion) is Las Vegas. Last year the cast and crew spent a few days filming in Caesars Palace, where Barbra cheated at card games in her spare time.

If you want to see America on a green screen, The Guilt Trip opens nationwide today.

[Photo: IMDb]

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