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Cedar Rapids [Blu-ray]

Ed Helms , Anne Heche , Miguel Arteta    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ed Helms, Anne Heche, John C. Reilly, Isiah Washington, Stephen Root
  • Directors: Miguel Arteta
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058HZTO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Ed Helms (The Hangover 1 and 2) and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) lead an all-star cast including Sigourney Weaver, Isiah Whitlock Jnr. and Anne Heche, in the comedy that shows what can happen when insurance agents go wild. Shy and naïve Tim Lippe (Helms) ventures to the big city of “Cedar Rapids” for an insurance convention and crosses 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. If Tim can survive this weekend, it might just change his life forever.

Special Features:
  • Deleted scenes--Dinner With Macy, Song Dedication, Cart Ride, Fire Extinguisher Fight, Goodbye to Bree, Cabin Extras
  • Gag reel
  • Mike O'Malley--Urban Clogger
  • Tweaking in the USA
  • Wedding Belles--Crashing a Lesbian Wedding
  • Top Notch Commercial


When a naive, small-town insurance agent named Tim Lippe (Ed Helms, The Hangover) goes to a convention in the big city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his life gets turned inside out under the influence of three convention veterans. This sort of fish-out-of-water comedy could have been a flimsy excuse for broad slapstick and absurd high jinks; instead, in the confident hands of director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Chuck & Buck), Cedar Rapids becomes something more humane and, in a quiet way, more ambitious. Helms manages to make Tim genuine, a man-child but not a cartoon; the movie's situations skirt wackiness, yet always remain in the realm of something emotionally real. (The movie also reflects the influence of producers Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, who created the similarly character-rich movies Sideways, Almost Schmidt, and Election.) The whole cast hits the right notes, from such familiar faces as John C. Reilly (Magnolia, Talladega Nights), Anne Heche, and Sigourney Weaver to such stealthy character actors as Stephen Root (NewsRadio), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development). Cedar Rapids is sweet without being cloying, funny without being manic, and even a little sad at times, without ever turning up the violins on the soundtrack. It's an honest movie, and there are all too few of them out there. --Bret Fetzer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a waste of time, but a bit weak really 13 Jan 2012
From the description and trailer this seemed like a much more gentle version of The Hangover-type film (I am starting to get a nervous twitch every time another idiotic copy of that comes out) - and it is. But smart sharp writing and scripting this ain't.

The basic plot idea - of an insurance salesman from the backwoods being forced out into the big world - is fine. And I like the elements about what he has to do to win the insurance industry award on behalf of his corrupt boss, and the 'epiphany/discovery' he undergoes. But while the DVD cover bigs up the 'hilariously wild' things he gets up to with an infamously rowdy salesman (John C. Reilly), most of that is a let-down. He drinks a couple of sherries, smokes a bong with a prostitute (jarringly out of character) and sleeps with a colleague, that's it! And while I was thankful that there wasn't another inevitable 'regrettable tattoo' cliché scene, the overall effect is a bit tame and weak. John C. Reilly seems to be ad-libbing everything and it's not very strong material - mostly just some 'shock' swearing.

I want to 'like' this film, i.e. give it 4 stars here, but it's only good enough for 'it's ok'. It's refreshingly feel-good in this day and age of nasty, gross-out 'comedies' and definitely worth a watch on a cheap or package rental, but it's not something you need to own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insurance is never Dull! 7 May 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Oh, yes it is! Or so, we're lead to believe, as the film pushes the beige (Brown Valley, Iowa) aspects at us of the very inwardly looking staff who work at the Brown Star insurance company (all six of them).

Including boring and naive Ed Helms as Tim Lippe (pron. Lippy) who is sent to the big bad world of Cedar Falls to attend a conference, after one of the executives dies during a sexual act. He's sort of engaged to Sigourney Weaver and whom he constantly consults about everything he isn't sure of - which is almost everything.

It's very obvious where this film is going and whilst many were no doubt expecting a riotously bawdy 'Hangover' style comedy, Cedar Rapids isn't and never pretends that it will be. It's gentler, with Helms remaining nerdily sweet throughout, even when he succumbs to alcohol (Cream Sherry!), antics in a pool and sex with Anne Heche. And, oh, drugs, too.

The flesh on these bones are the supporting cast, notably John C Reilly as an obnoxious and flashy irritant, who swears a lot and thinks only of sex. I found his vulgarity a bit wearying but it was better than in some 'gross-out' films and one can believe that such people do exist.

I saw it on Sky Movies - I wouldn't have been so pleased if I'd paid to see it in the cinema or bought the DVD, but as it was, it was quite good, especially if expectations are lowered a bit and if characterization is more important than hilarity and bawdiness. You might like it also if you happen to work in insurance yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare gentle comedy from Hollywood 15 April 2014
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
It’s got raunch and craziness, but at it’s heart it’s a celebration of kindness, of community. of morality (not the stuffy kind, the good kind) – all while never losing it’s sense of fun.

Ed Helms does a very nice job as a tremendously innocent insurance salesman from a small town in Wisconsin, sent to a convention in Cedar Rapids. This represents his first time on a plane, his first time in the ‘big city’. But while the film may tease Tim a little, it doesn’t treat him with the removed, hip irony most films now would, and makes him a complex character (e.g. back home he has a fun sexual fling going with his 7th grade teacher, wonderfully played by Sigourney Weaver. He may be an innocent, but he’s also a grown man with a sense of humor and self.). This ability to both kid and embrace characters is a long-time strength of director Miguel Arteta and producer Alexander Payne.

With some terrific support from John C. Reilly as a wild-man partier at the convention (who has more humanity than you’d think), Isaiah Whitlock Jr. as a straight-laced black room-mate (who has more humor, and more of a sense of fun than you might think), and Anne Heche as a party girl (who is smarter and more soulful than you might think). Maybe not quite a great film, but a good hearted and very enjoyable one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ed Helms has been a bit of a cult hero on the American comedy circuit for some time now and UK fans of comedy have begun to pick up on his everyman charms.

But British fans of "Cedar Rapids" should be aware that when buying the BLU RAY - the US edition on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on UK machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' which most aren't.

Buy the UK version instead - it's far cheaper - a well-filmed looker on the Format - and you could do worse for a night in - you could buy the yuck "The Hangover II" (see suitably appalled review)...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An endearing Office-style comedy 8 Jun 2011
Tim Lippe (Ed Helms - The Hangover) is a small-town insurance salesman who has lived and worked in Brown county for Brownstar (giggle) insurance. Tim is remarkably straight-laced & naive with an optimistic & idealistic view on the world. When the #1 sales rep dies in a freak auto-erotic-asphyxiation accident, it's up to Tim to secure the prestigious insurance 'Two-Diamonds' award for Brownstar which means heading down to the notoriously amoral ASMI convention in Cedar Rapids.

Tim, with the help of his fellow reps, alcoholic Ziegler (John C Reilly - Walk Hard) the 'foxy' Ostrowski-Fox (Anne Heche) and 'The Ronimo' Ronald Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) finds out that the Two-Diamond award is not what it seems and he will have to break all of his morals to get it, but does he even want it if he has to sell-out to get it?

Cedar Rapids is heart-warming film of a sheltered guy discovering himself; as Tim fumbles with his attraction to O-Fox, dabbles in drugs & alcohol and struggles with the morality of the conference, we see him grow as a person. Cedar Rapids does this and all the while manages to steer clear of the usual 'Omega-male' comedy clichés (sexual-inadequacy & risk-aversion) and shows Tim as a party-animal just waiting to be let off the chain - very refreshing. Well directed by Miguel Arteta with a solid cast (Sigourney Weaver has a small role!) Cedar Rapids delivers nearly 90 minutes of laughs straight. Recommended!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
This is a good film. Ed Helms is good and John C Reilly just sweetens the pot. Would recommend watching the trailer on YouTube first. If the trailer makes you laugh then buy it.
Published 9 months ago by Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
A typical American comedy. From a friend's recommendation I had expected more. But the theme was hackneyed, the acting extremely average and the whole thing far too predictable
Published 22 months ago by GH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, watch again and again
I'll admit I only watched this film for the cast. The plot, small town salesman discovers himself at sales conference, would have turned me right off. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by C. Verspeak
4.0 out of 5 stars The supporting cast make this worthwhile
If you're expecting an all-out comedy along the lines of The Hangover, you're going to be disappointed because this was totally misadvertised. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by BPR
4.0 out of 5 stars Rapid-fire fun
Like an even more ingenuous Will Ferrell, Ed Helms stars as the popular but uber-naive insurance salesman Tim Lippe, who finds himself well and truly out of his comfort zone when... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Enjoyable feel good film
Cedar Rapids is a quirky comedy that mixes two common cinema basics: the mismatched buddy movie & the fish-out-of-water scenario. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by Gary Hilton
3.0 out of 5 stars A Likable Film,
Don't expect a balls out comedy like this film was advertised to be.
This is no Hangover or Super-bad. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by D. Mccaffrey
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't laugh out loud a single time
Seriously, I'm not the type of person to come on amazon writing reviews for films I don't like, but I just can't understand how anybody can find this movie funny. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by M. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars "Thank you, Insurance Man"
First off, for those whom are familiar with director Miguel Arteta previous work, the sublime Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl and previous to Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt will know... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by C. Williams
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