Cedar Rapids is a hidden gem

On the surface, this movie didn’t look like much.  Goofy looking cover/poster, and a premise that seemed pretty lame.  Ed Helms plays Tim Lippe, a goody-two-shoes insurance agent who goes to Cedar Rapids for his company’s annual convention.  Lippe is naive almost to the point of being a man-child, and from the moment he begins his trip, the laughs start. I was caught completely by surprise at the number of laugh-out-loud moments in this movie.

Ed Helms is a funny, funny actor, and plays this part perfectly, but the film also benefits from a cast of supporting characters that set up his gags perfectly.  John C. Reilly plays Dean Ziegler, the perpetual middle-aged party boy who encourages Tim to let loose.  The two have great comic chemistry together.  There is a scene toward the end where Tim ends up at a redneck house party with a hooker, and his insurance-agent friends come to rescue him.  During this scene, I can’t remember laughing so hard at a movie in a long time.

If you like a good comedy in the vein of Trains, Planes and Automobiles, you should really give this one a try.

 

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Posted on August 9, 2011, in Full Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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