Cedar Rapids 2011

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Tim Lippe (Helms) was the guy people always thought would go places but then he just didn't. He's been living in über-sleepy Brown Valley, Wisconsin his whole life, still "pre-engaged" to his 7th grade teacher Millie Vanderhei (Weaver), while selling insurance to protect other people's dreams.

Starring:
Sigourney Weaver,John C. Reilly
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Miguel Arteta
Starring Sigourney Weaver, John C. Reilly
Supporting actors Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Thomas Lennon, Kurtwood Smith, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By El Zilcho on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
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 By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 May 2012
Format: DVD
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 By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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 By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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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By Stanley Crowe on 13 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
Maybe I'm losing my sense of humor, but this seems like an immense waste of talent. It seems to be aimed at 14-year-old males, to whom the idea of sex, drugs, and booze is still kind of fascinating, but the movie has an "R" rating, so the target audience probably didn't see it when it came out. It is a seriously juvenile piece of work, with a protagonist who is himself (although he seems to be well into his thirties) a bit juvenile and for whom sex, drugs, and booze (not to mention air travel) seem fascinating. He's Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), an insurance salesman from Wisconsin, tasked with going down to a regional convention in Sin City -- Cedar Rapids to you -- and bringing back the Best Agency award for his agency. He's an innocent abroad and about as interesting as watching paint dry. He falls in with a motley crew of insurance agents who in effect undertake to educate him in the ways of the world. But there's a Big Moral Issue: it turns out that the sanctimonious head of the group that is making the award (Kurtwood Smith) -- he likes to equate the insurance business and Christianity -- is a hypocrite: he will accept money for the bestowal of award. In order to give him his comeuppance, Tim and his new raunchy friends (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, and Isiah Whitlock Jr) expose the scam publicly, thus showing that they really are good at heart, despite their casual attitudes to binge drinking, adultery, and drug-taking. After all, hypocrisy just cannot be allowed to stand!

There's a really immature sentimentality about all this. Adults behaving in ways that are not fully grown-up, and yet making claims on our approval because -- you know -- their hearts are in the right place. It just won't do.
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