In a lot of movies there are recognizable stores and places that seem to get censored out of the film. So, for example, in The Equalizer (2014), the main character works at a big box hardware store that is obviously Home Depot or Lowes, but has been anonymized as "Home Mart":

Equalizer workplace

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    Not sure 'censorship' is the right tag here. Censorship is externally imposed cuts or changes to a movie - usually by a government agency. There is nothing stopping movies using brand names other than (a) a desire to only do it if they are being paid to do so and/or (b) to avoid legal disputes over how the brand is depicted or the association of the brand with negative characters or imagery.
    – iandotkelly
    Jan 6, 2022 at 3:38
  • The duplicate question talks about branded products rather than stores - but I believe this is completely the same question.
    – iandotkelly
    Jan 6, 2022 at 4:10


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