The city of Cerritos has attracted many filmmakers, especially in the 1990’s as a great location to film movies. Here are a few of the films that add the Cerritos landscapes to their backdrop.
She’s All That
This 1999 film, directed by Robert Iscove, is an American teenage romantic comedy. In follows the classic “prom” story line. Several young stars appear in the film, including Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. Look for Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, Kevin Pollack, and Ana Pacquin. The film is an updated adaptation of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. At the time of its release, it was extremely popular, reaching #1 at the box office during its first week.
In the 1990’s, there were several movies released that were spin-offs from the comedy sketches of Saturday Night Live, on NBC. Produced by Lorne Michaels, and released by Paramount Pictures in 1993, the movie is part science fiction comedy, and part mockumentary. The movie is based around a family of space aliens from Remulak, who stand out because of their bald, cone-shaped heads. Trying to assimilate, they answer “France” when questioned about where they come from. The movie features the acting of Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin, who played the original roles on the NBC show. In the film, Michelle Burke fills in as Laraine Newman’s character. Hilarity ensues. The film is dotted with cameo appearances by other television stars of the day.
Another of the Saturday Night Live spin-off movies, and perhaps the most successful, Wayne’s World was released in 1992. This comedy was directed by Penelope Spheeris, and produced by Lorne Michaels. It was written by Mike Myers and Bonnie and Terry Turner, writers for Saturday Night Live. Mike Myers stars in the title role as Wayne Campbell. Dana Carvey gives a stellar performance as Wayne’s best friend, Garth Algar.
The film is about Wayne and Garth, who put on a public-access tv show called “Wayne’s World.” They broadcast from Wayne’s parents’ basement. When a tv exec wants to buy the show, his prospects are at risk. This was Mike Myers debut in a feature film format. Other actors made appearances in it, such as Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Chris Farley, Ed O’Neill, and musicians Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper.
Wayne’s World was a huge success at the box office, debuting at #1. It was in the top ten grossing films of 1992, and was the most commercially successful of all the eleven Saturday Night Live spin-offs. It was the highest grossing, topping out at over $121 million. The movie was such a commercial success, that the sequel “Wayne’s World 2” was released the following year in 1993.
Since the Nineties
All of the films noted above are basically from the 1990s. There have been many short films shot in the city of Cerritos since that time, but not that many feature films. For light entertainment and a few laughs, check out these Cerritos winners that are a blast from the past.