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South Florida as much of a star in 'There's Something About Mary' as Cameron Diaz

Local10.com revisits prominent locations featured in 1998 comedy 20 years later

Cameron Diaz was the star of "There's Something About Mary," the surprise comedy hit released July 15, 1998.
Cameron Diaz was the star of "There's Something About Mary," the surprise comedy hit released July 15, 1998. (20th Century Fox)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Twenty years ago this Sunday, a little romantic comedy about a Rhode Island man who tracks down his high school prom date in South Florida opened in theaters. It went on to top the box office for the next two weekends and became the third highest-grossing movie that year.

The year was 1998 and the movie was "There's Something About Mary."

Directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly and starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon, the movie became a surprise hit and had America laughing with its memorable "hair gel" scene. Who could forget Mary Jensen's (Diaz) signature hairdo?

Filmed during the height of Diaz's rise to stardom, "There's Something About Mary" ranks 27th on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies" list.

Several South Florida businesses and locales were prominently featured in the raunchy comedy.

Local10.com takes a look back at those locations, some still recognizable and some long since gone.

Cumberland High School

Although the beginning of the movie takes place in Rhode Island, South Florida actually stood in for the high school where Mary and the object of her affection, Ted Stroehmann (Stiller), are first introduced. City Hall in Plantation, 400 NW 73rd Ave., substituted for Cumberland High School.

Plantation City Hall stood in for Cumberland High School in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary." Today it looks much like it did 20 years ago.
Plantation City Hall stood in for Cumberland High School in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary." Today it looks much like it did 20 years ago.

Mary's Rhode Island House

Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese's Coral Gables home stood in for a Rhode Island house in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese's Coral Gables home stood in for a Rhode Island house in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."

When brace-faced Ted walks young Mary from school to her home, they are actually walking along Granada Boulevard in Coral Gables.

As Ted gives Mary's mentally challenged brother, Warren (W. Earl Brown), a ride on his back, they come to a two-story colonial-style mansion. The house at 3300 Granada Blvd. belonged to former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese at the time.

Another house was also used as a stand-in for Mary's Rhode Island home when Ted shows up later to take her to prom.

The exterior of this Coral Gables house that was once owned by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese served as Cameron Diaz's character's Rhode Island home in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."
The exterior of this Coral Gables house that was once owned by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese served as Cameron Diaz's character's Rhode Island home in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."

"Franks and Beans" Bathroom

As Ted uses the bathroom during the notable "franks and beans" scene, the restroom and window through which he spots Mary's mom helping her change into her gown was filmed on a set at Greenwich Studios, 12100 NE 16th Ave., in North Miami. The studio was also a filming location for movies like "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Birdcage" and "Wild Things."

Big Pink

Big Pink, featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary," still sits at the corner of Collins Avenue and Second Street in Miami Beach.
Big Pink, featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary," still sits at the corner of Collins Avenue and Second Street in Miami Beach.

Shortly after Pat Healy (Dillon) arrives in Miami to help Ted find Mary, he is picked up by his friend, Sully (Jeffrey Tambor), outside a familiar South Beach establishment -- the Big Pink diner at 157 Collins Ave. Inexplicably, though, an astute South Floridian will notice that they leave Big Pink and, in the very next scene, are shown heading east on the MacArthur Causeway -- in the direction of Miami Beach.

Sully's Apartment

This old art deco apartment building featured in the 1998 movie "There' Something About Mary" was torn down to make way for Le Parc at Brickell.
This old art deco apartment building featured in the 1998 movie "There' Something About Mary" was torn down to make way for Le Parc at Brickell.

Sully's home was at an old art deco apartment building in Miami. The apartments were later demolished to make way for the recently erected Le Parc at Brickell, a 12-story, 128-unit condominium building at 1600 SW First Ave., although the listed address in the movie is 229 Court St., apartment 43.

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Mary's Miami House

Mary's house at 2066 N. Bayshore Drive, overlooking Biscayne Bay, was prominently featured in the movie.

This was the house where all the central characters convened near the film's conclusion, including a cameo from a young Green Bay Packers quarterback named Brett Favre, who points out that he's in town to play the Dolphins.

It made headlines on March 26, 2008, when a section of a construction crane plummeted through the Spanish-style roof of the two-story house that a contractor was using for storage, killing two people.

The house that once stood at 2066 N. Bayshore Drive in Miami was later demolished after a section of a crane at a nearby construction site fell through the roof, killing two people, on March 25, 2008.
The house that once stood at 2066 N. Bayshore Drive in Miami was later demolished after a section of a crane at a nearby construction site fell through the roof, killing two people, on March 25, 2008.

Aqua Golf Driving Range

The scenic driving range where Healy first meets Mary is just down the street from WPLG at the Aqua Golf Driving Range, 2250 S. Park Road, in Pembroke Park.

This sign hangs inside the Aqua Golf office, touting the driving range's appearance in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."
This sign hangs inside the Aqua Golf office, touting the driving range's appearance in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."

Rumor has it that some of the film's crew accidentally stumbled upon the business when they got lost on their way to a Dolphins game.

This framed article from The Miami Herald shows the cast and crew of the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary" on set at the Aqua Golf driving range in Pembroke Park.
This framed article from The Miami Herald shows the cast and crew of the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary" on set at the Aqua Golf driving range in Pembroke Park.

They pitched the location to the Farrelly brothers, and alas Pembroke Park made its big-screen debut.

The theatrical poster for "There's Something About Mary" is on display at the Aqua Golf office where some scenes for the movie were filmed.
The theatrical poster for "There's Something About Mary" is on display at the Aqua Golf office where some scenes for the movie were filmed.

Matheson Hammock County Park

Matheson Hammock County Park is the setting for several scenes in the movie, including when Healy participates in a flag football game with Mary, Warren and Warren's mentally challenged friends.

Earlier in the movie, Healy spies on Mary and her friends while they eat lunch at Red Fish Grill, 9610 Old Cutler Road. But Hurricane Irma laid waste to the seafood restaurant, which opened in 1996.

Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock County Park was featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary," but it has been closed since Hurricane Irma damaged the restaurant in 2017.
Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock County Park was featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary," but it has been closed since Hurricane Irma damaged the restaurant in 2017.

The park is also the location where Ted gets hooked by a fisherman.

HistoryMiami Museum

The museum where Mary surprises Healy with a visit to the architecture exhibit is the HistoryMiami Museum at what is now called the Miami-Dade Cultural Center, 101 W. Flagler St. Then-known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the 70,000-square-foot museum is the official repository for all archeological finds in Miami-Dade County.

The HistoryMiami Museum at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center was known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida when it was featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."
The HistoryMiami Museum at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center was known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida when it was featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."

Mary's Office

Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon appear in a scene from the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary" that was filmed at Brickell Park.
Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon appear in a scene from the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary" that was filmed at Brickell Park.

Mary's office is a high-rise building at 701 Brickell Ave. in Miami. This is where Ted reunites with Mary after 13 years. The location was also featured in the 1981 movie "Absence of Malice."

The office where Cameron Diaz's character works in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary" is at 701 Brickell Ave. near Brickell Park.
The office where Cameron Diaz's character works in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary" is at 701 Brickell Ave. near Brickell Park.

Strip Club

Churchill's Pub was transformed into a scummy strip club for a scene shortly after Mary's friend, Tucker (Lee Evans), reveals himself to be Norm, a pizza man who is also hot for Mary. The location has a bit part and is non-descript in the movie, but the owner of the British pub at 5501 NE Second Ave. confessed it was his place that masqueraded as a Miami nudie bar.

Churchill's Pub stood in for a strip club in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."
Churchill's Pub stood in for a strip club in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."

Ted's Hotel

The Cardozo Hotel, 1300 Ocean Drive, in the heart of South Beach is where Ted stays during his time in South Florida.

It is here where Ted -- well, um -- pleasures himself and loses his deposit, which Mary later mistakes for hair gel. 

Built in 1939, the hotel is currently closed for restoration under new owners Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

The Cardozo Hotel, which was built in 1939, was featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."
The Cardozo Hotel, which was built in 1939, was featured in the 1998 movie "There's Something About Mary."