It’s tough to find a ‘complete’ list of movies filmed ‘on location’ in Hawaii. However, just off the top of my head, here we go
The Descendents: OK, I haven’t gotten around to seeing this movie but if you’ve been a subscriber to the blog, you’ll know that I read the book. I can almost guarantee that if I saw this, it would definitely shake things up a bit!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Honestly more than the movie, I thought their social media and billboard marketing campaign they did for the movie was brilliant. I remember driving in NorCal and seeing funny Sarah Marshall billboards on the side of the road that peaked my interest in the movie.
5. Pearl Harbor
OK – this one is for my wife . . . . the action on the movie was semi-decent and there was classic Bruckheimer cinematography throughout the entire movie but this could be bumped from my top 5 very quickly . . . .good thing I haven’t seen The Descendents. 🙂
4. Jurassic Park
Remember the first Jurassic Park? Solid cast . . . good story . . . and great effects. Man that movie was epic. “Faster . . . . MUST GO FASTER” and of course, the “Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear” . . .
3. Soul Surfer
My daughter and I spent a few hours together making candy leis for her last day of school and we got this movie. . . . .probably not the best idea since we were heading to HI a few weeks later and she was now afraid to go surfing. “Hey dad, how many sharks have you seen? Know anyone who has been bit?” A little “teeny bopper” for me but great inspirational story – something we can all use a little more of in life. . . just don’t let your nine yr old daughter watch it before going surfing. 🙂
2. 50 First Dates
Ok honestly, growing up in HI either you are going to laugh at the stereotypes portrayed in the movie or be offended by it. Personally, I thought Rob Schneider was hilarious! While I’m not a big Adam Sandler or Drew Barrymore Fan, I did enjoy the movie and it seems many others did as well . . . the movie grossed close to $200M (from wikipedia.org) and had some pretty sweet tunes.
1. Karate Kid Part II
The Best of the original Karate Kid Movies even if the Cobra Kai weren’t in it! I mean seriously, old school Japanese Sensei’s with grudges they’ve held for decades . . . a ‘fight to the death’ . . . a massive hurricane that unites a village . . . .young romance at it’s best. . . . Plus, awesome quotes such as:
Daniel: “You think you could break a log like that?”
Miyagi: “Don’t know, never been attacked by tree.”
Or what about this one:
“If I am dreaming, let me never awaken. If I am awake, let me never sleep.”
OK – that’s my list. Let’s hear your top 5!