Everyone knows Toronto is one of the most substantial film hubs of the world. If you're lucky enough, maybe you've seen film crews or actors downtown. These kind of things come with living amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you want to take one location in Toronto that has had a lot of exposure on the big screen, the University of Toronto is a great one. Some of Hollywood's most precious classics have allowed the world to see glimpses of U of T, which gives a great rep for the city as well. Even U of T's smaller campuses around the GTA get some screen time.
Which means attending the University of Toronto just got a little bit cooler.
1. The Vow (2012)
Starring Canadian-born Rachel McAdams alongside Channing Tatum, tells a heart shattering true story about the test of love in unbelievable circumstances. We can watch U of T's University College stand out in the background as McAdams takes a seat between the building and Sir Daniel Wilson Residence. UC is a majorly large part of lots of Hollywood movies that film at U of T, although it's not shown for long during the course of The Vow's plot line.
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Knox College gets some time on screen in the 2008 epic movie, The Incredible Hulk. Culver University, the university that is made up by the writers of the movie, is shown on screen to viewers that probably have no idea that the university is imaginary, and even includes one scene that has U of T's Knox College.
3. Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls is the most well known movie to be filmed at the University of Toronto, as most of the movie has been filmed throughout parts of Toronto, and includes some recognizable areas in Toronto that viewers should identify at first glance, like Sherway Gardens and of course, U of T's Convocation Hall. The movie also shows a scene that shoots in front of University College - so fetch!
4. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Starring the late Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting is set at MIT and Harvard. Of course, U of T is the perfect fit to fill the role. Though lots of movies that have been filmed at U of T have only used the campus for a scene or two, we can see lots of screen action for the University of Toronto in the movie. Filming locations include the McLennan Physics Lab and the Whitney Hall Residences at University College.
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5. Anne of Green Gables (1985)
This Canadian classic chose the perfect place on campus to fill in as Queen's Academy, the fictional university that Anne Shirley and her friends attend. Victoria College appears in the background of one scene during the movie, and is everything that an Anne fan could imagine. The college is a replacement for Queen's Academy, and does a great job impersonating it as well. It's old exterior and greenery is a shoe in for the university that we've all read and come to love.
6. Enemy (2014)
Though most movies that wish to film at the University of Toronto do it at the St. George campus, there's one exception for this 2014 movie. The movie is a recent release, and is filmed at a recently built U of T campus, since it features UTSC - University of Toronto Scarborough. U of T even gets a bit of credit in the movie, as it's called the University of Greater Toronto. Close, but no cigar.
7. Pixels (2015)
Adam Sandler, Ashley Benson and Peter Dinklage *squeals* were seen on campus this year by students who only hoped to get a selfie, or maybe a photo of the actors on set at school. Toronto fills in for New York City in the movie, and the streets on campus were slowly transforming as the Big Apple. The movie includes an attack by aliens who believe footage of old video games is an initiation for war.
8. The Prince and Me (2004)
This movie is uses the most diverse places on campus for the locations of a couple of scenes. Sidney Smith Hall has a cafe that the characters use to hangout in the film, and later on we can also see them coming out of the Earth Sciences building. Although they don't use the main Robarts Library to study, they're seen later on in the film at EJ Pratt Library at Victoria University.
9. Regression (2014)
Emma Watson's "Regression" was filmed at parts of U of T's Mississauga campus during 2014. She stars in the movie along with Ethan Hawke, who plays a man who has been accused of a crime he isn't guilty of. The movie's choice of location is interesting as UTM has not had the opportunity of hosting as many Hollywood flicks as St George has, or even UTSC.
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10. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
The 2004 flick featuring John Cho and Kal Penn is set at the legendary Princeton University. Of course, the University of Toronto is an easy fit in for the Ivy League School. The university lends views of Knox College and Victoria College to the big screen in this hilarious film, and can easily pass as Princeton with its historic architecture.