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.