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Cedar Rapids 2011 R CC

(151) IMDb 6.3/10
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A by-the-book insurance agent (Ed Helms) away from home for the first time for an insurance convention is distracted by three convention veterans who show him the ropes and push his boundaries.

Starring:
Ed Helms, John C. Reilly
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Miguel Arteta
Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly
Supporting actors Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Lennon, Rob Corddry, Mike O'Malley, Sigourney Weaver, Inga R. Wilson, Mike Birbiglia, Seth Morris, Christopher Lemon, Sudhi Rajagopal, Chris DiAngelo, Lindsey Alexandra Hartley, Welker White, John Djurovski
Studio Fox Searchlight
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on May 29, 2011
Format: DVD
Cedar Rapids is a sweet, but never sappy, comedy from director Miguel Arteta, who specializes in small films, usually comedies, which are almost anti-Hollywood in the way they allow humor to come naturally from well-developed characters rather than contrived jokes. Like his previous efforts, The Good Girl and the underrated 2009 film Youth in Revolt, Arteta casts well-known actors against type and allows them to develop their characters while showing off previously unexplored sides of their acting range. Even with actors that are well-known to mainstream audiences, Cedar Rapids flew under the radar, quietly slipping in and out of theatres in early 2011 while mediocrity continued its reign at the box office.

Ed Helms plays Tim Lippe, an insurance agent for Brown Star Insurance in Brown Valley, Wisconsin. Tim is a simple and naďve, but good-hearted man, completely out of touch with the modern world. He is "pre-engaged" to his seventh-grade teacher Macy Vanderhei (Sigourney Weaver) and is oblivious to the world outside of Brown Valley. After a co-worker dies under mysterious circumstances, Tim's boss, Bill Krogstad (Stephen Root), sends him to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent the agency and claim the prestigious Two Diamonds Award. Upon his arrival, Tim befriends fellow insurance agents Ronald Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and the hard-partying Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly), while finding himself smitten with Joan (Anne Heche). Yielding both hilarious and heartfelt results, Tim is introduced to situations he never imagined he'd find in Brown Valley, Wisconsin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tnahpellee on June 3, 2012
Format: DVD
This movie is just... under-rated. I don't think it caused much buzz at the box office - not necessarily a bad thing. I guess these off-kilter comedies that rely on 'sophisticated irony' (yeah, bet you never thought you'd see THOSE two words together) tend to be overlooked in favour of simplistic slapstick.

But hey, why am I bothering? Isn't it really worth a 1 star? I mean at first it feels like a b-grade comedy with desperate jokes that fall flat on their face, and kinda one-dimensional characters who either are stiff nerds or who just belch, fart and swear? Well, so it seems.

But with closer inspection, Cedar Rapids delivers the goods... and then some. Tim Lippe is one of this most hilarious send-ups of a social mal-adjust you'll ever see, and his on-screen chemistry with Dean Ziegler (John C Reilly) produces fireworks.

Yet, in a subtle, almost invisible way the film is actually quite moving. The characters are far deeper than they at first appear, and this film is a deep analysis of human understanding of right and wrong, with an uproariously funny main plot.

You're left with a brilliant movie that gets better with each watch, worth picking up.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By H.R. #1 on May 28, 2011
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I've been an Ed Helms fan for awhile and have wanted to see this for some time. I can say it does not disappoint. What a strong cast too with John C. Reilly and Anne Heche. Along with others that really bring it all together. I wouldn't call it a full out whacky silly movie. It's got this "indy" feel to it with just a great balance of comedy and things many can relate to. If you like those badly written mainstream comedies then this may not be for you but for those that like some "indy" in your movie then you can't go wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Morrison on July 29, 2011
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I enjoyed this movie. It was funny but not laugh out loud funny in many places.
As one who has attended many such sales conventions, I recognized many of
the characters. The "newbie" who is led astray by the party hardy crowd but
triumphs in the end... The friendships forged by initial forced togetherness...
I recommend it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anon on June 30, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
It's offbeat and may not be for everyone but this is a well written movie with a great cast. I laughed all the way through and also thought it had a warmth that could have been missing from a comedy like this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on June 25, 2011
Format: DVD
It seems that every now and then a small movie makes big noise. They're usually an independent film that was made for almost no money, if they're lucky they get a star or two and they become noticed at film festivals. CLERKS was one such film and so was LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. So when I heard that CEDAR RAPIDS was this years talked about indie film I wondered if it was true or not. Yes, the movie lives up to its reputation. It's hilarious.

Ed Helms (of HANGOVER and THE OFFICE fame) stars as Tim Lippe, a modest insurance salesman in a small town who was destined for great things but never seemed to get there. His life is rather hum drum, he's never been anywhere outside of this small town and the thrill of his life is his girlfriend Macy (Sigourney Weaver), his old 7th grade teacher.

Currently he plays second fiddle to Roger, the top guy who has always represented the company well at the national convention, bringing them back 2 Double Diamond trophies in a row. When Roger is found hung with his own belt in an act of autoerotic asphyxiation, Tim is selected as his replacement. The company's owner Bill (Stephen Root) gives him advice and books him in a room with a safe fellow insurance salesman.

Unfortunately the best laid plans...

His roommate Ronald Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) and he are upgraded to a suite since the hotel overbooked. Unfortunately they have to take in a third party and that person is Dean Zeigler (John C. Reilly), a wild man that Bill warned Tim to stay away from. As is usually the case, Dean isn't quite as bad as Bill made him out to be even if he is a horn dog and a guy who likes to have far too much fun.
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