It seems there is a silver lining to having a rundown and outdated high school. People in Hollywood looking for a realistic setting for a movie may come knocking. At East Bridgewater High School, site planners from Columbia Pictures paid a visit to see if the high school would be appropriate for some 1980s flashback scenes in an Adam Sandler film.
In June, film crews arrived for several days of filming and use a classroom, hallway and the lobby of the school.
“What we had here fit their vision,” Principal Paul Vieira said.
Because school was still be in session when the crew came, Vieira said certain parts of the school were shut down or isolated for the filming. He said it is not uncommon for the school to do that to create quiet for MCAS and AP testing.
“It’s easy to tell kids you can’t go down a hallway because a test is going on,” Vieira said. “It’s trickier to tell kids you can’t go down the hall because a movie is being filmed.”
While the unplanned site visit happened out of the blue and took everyone by surprise, Vieira said the scout lives and grew up in Massachusetts and may have been familiar with some of the towns and schools in the area.
The School Department is reviewing the contract it received, going over rental fees and the other conditions listed in it.
In conjunction with Superintendent Susan Cote, the School Committee will make the decisions on spending whatever money does come in for the rental.
Cote also said she would be meeting with Police Chief John Cowan to discuss what if any detours and road closures would be needed to facilitate the filming and how to accommodate the trailers and other things brought in for the film.
East Bridgewater High School used as location for Adam Sandler film by Roland Hansen