Local audiences may recognize some familiar faces and places in "Parental Guidance," opening Christmas Day and starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei.
Filmed in the Atlanta area, crews converged on Johns Creek's Ocee Park around Halloween last year for some pivotal Little League baseball scenes.
Casting directors didn't have to look far for baseball players – they used members from the Ocee Athletic Association teams as extras.
"It was a very big deal for the kids," said Rosemary Taylor, senior communications manager for the City of Johns Creek. "We're very proud of our city parks and athletic facilties and very fortunate to have the Ocee and Newtown athletic associations to work with. We're happy that the rest of the world will see how great Ocee Park is."
A member of the Georgia Production Partnership, the city regularly supplies photos showing various facilities and attractions. "We make sure Johns Creek is covered in their data base," Taylor said.
She added that local children being cast as extras was a no-brainer. "The kids fit the part. They were already familiar with the fields and the park. We have a great strong community of families and parents who support their children. I'm not surprised that the casting director used them."
The movie was also shot in Alpharetta, Roswell and various other places in the metro area, including:
- Ocee Park, Johns Creek (Little League/T-ball fields)
- Pebble Trail, Alpharetta
- Independence High School at Milton, 86 School Drive, Alpharetta (Park bench scene & school exteriors)
- First Baptist Church, 44 Academy St., Alpharetta (Band room)
- Country Club of Roswell (as Hilton Head Resort)
- Georgia World Congress Center
- Empty Chinese restaurant, 4251 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody
- Atlanta International School, 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta
- Avondale MARTA Station
- Avondale Middle School, 3131 Old Rockbridge Road, Atlanta
- Bloomingdale’s, Perimeter Mall
- Piedmont Park @ Monroe Dr & 10th; 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta
- Coolray Field, Lawrenceville
- Cobb Energy Centre
- Underground Atlanta & MARTA at 5 Points
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'Parental Guidance' opens Christmas Day at Regal Cinemas Medlock in Johns Creek.