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Ed Helms (The Hangover 1 & 2) and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) lead an all-star cast in the comedy that shows what can happen...when insurance agents go wild! Shy and naive Tim Lippe (Helms) ventures to the “big city” of Cedar Rapids for a convention and ends up crossing paths with the ultimate party animal (Reilly). Before long, Tim is crashing parties, skinny-dipping in the hotel pool and being seduced by a sexy soccer mom. And if Tim can survive the weekend, he might just change his life forever!
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Ed Helms plays Tim Lippe, an insurance agent for Brown Star Insurance in Brown Valley, Wisconsin. Tim is a simple and naïve, 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.Read more ›
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.
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.
You can read the summary of the film on other reviews or here in the Amazon description. I caught it on one of its last weekends at our local art theater. I was wonderfully surprised.
"Cedar Rapids" is full of solid acting performances, great laughs and has to go down as one of the more quotable movies of all time. There are those here who have given their 1-star reviews and that's fine. But it's disappointing to know that they weren't entertained by a movie that is this entertaining.
There seems to be a new breed of gentle, almost "indy" feel films these days: "Cedar Rapids" "Everything Must Go" "Whip It" "Win Win" "Juno." Most importantly, these films are about characters, and Tim Lippe, our hero in "Cedar Rapids", is a character you will care about.
Get the movie. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel bad cause this is a writer's living, who's absolutely struggling, but it's mostly a formula piece, not that funny. I admire the simplicity of the people.Published 2 months ago by Josh
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Perfect from start to finish.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. ReesesPieces
John C. Reilly plays as John C. Reilly which made this movie great!!!Published 3 months ago by matthew mcalister
I had never heard of it when it first came on T.V., but I loved the actors, so I gave it a try. What a pleasant surprise. It was great. So underrated. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Dukes