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Cedar Rapids (2011)



Critic Consensus: It's as conventional as its Midwestern setting, but Cedar Rapids boasts a terrific cast and a script that deftly blends R-rated raunch and endearing sweetness.

Movie Info

To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "na´ve" is a gross understatement. He's never left his small hometown. He's never stayed at a hotel. And he's never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries. For a guy who plays everything by the book, this convention will be … More

Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, language and drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Phil Johnston , Phil Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2011
Box Office: $6.9M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


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as Dean Ziegler

as Joan Ostrowski-Fox

as Orrin Helgeson

as Ronald Wilkes

as Bill Krogstad

as Roger Lemke

as Mike Pyle

as Macy Vanderhei

as Gwen Lemke

as Uncle Ken

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as Kurt Gambsky

as Dione Krogstad

as Bartender

as TSA Agent

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as Flight Attendant

as Swarthy Man

as Ball Pit Judge

as Photographer

as Church Lady

as Talent Show MC

as Bearded Dude

as Small Woman

as Small Woman's Friend

as Brian Early

as Customer #3

as Customer #4

as Perry (Man in Wheelc...

as ASMI Representative

as Merle Huss

as Sherri Fahrenkrug

as Hotel Employee
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Critic Reviews for Cedar Rapids

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (40)

a fun little movie that really strikes a balance between comfortable friendliness and crazy silliness

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
7M Pictures

The risks Cedar Rapids takes may not always pay off, but as a general rule, I would advise spending 86 minutes of your life with the movie rather than the city itself.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

While this isn't destined to be remembered as a great standout comedy ... it is still guaranteed to provide a few giggles and knee-slaps.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012

With "Cedar Rapids," the filmmakers seem to put too much faith in their material, thinking that it would be funny enough to carry the whole film without them having to put too much thought into the story. Sadly, they were quite mistaken.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

You've already heard what Cedar Rapids has to say, but the ensemble cast does a good job of going over the same ground so that you don't mind covering it with them.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Movie Metropolis

The cast is inherently likable, and the comedy is pleasantly sweet-natured (even if crack pipes, c-bombs and references to The Wire abound).

Full Review… | January 17, 2012

Audience Reviews for Cedar Rapids


I know that feel when something trust isn't real. But I think that's not the answer.


Actually funnier than I expected. But I also expected something more I guess.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


There is no doubting that Cedar Rapids has a talented cast that if given the right material are completely capable of making you laugh out loud, the film isn't as funny as it could have been. However my main problem with it was that it struggled to choose what kind of comedy it wanted to be. It tries to be sweet one minute and decides to be incredibly raunchy the next (very much so when it comes to John C Reilly's corrupted, hilarious and insanely infectious character) and quite often it sways between completely different genres, at times becoming awkwardly stupid as opposed to being actually funny. It certainly has it's moments of good laughs, it's quirky, ambitious, heartfelt, features a good Ed Helms performance, but in the end it simply doesn't add up to very much. I couldn't really recognise it as the final cut to be honest. In the end I felt that in it's entirety it's strange tone and it's peculiar but ambitious structure intrigued me enough to reward it a very slight recommendation. But although it has about 40 minutes of ambition, it eventually gives up and resorts to typical rauchfest conventions.

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