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Cedar Rapids (2011)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 158
Fresh: 135 | Rotten: 23

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.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 5

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.



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To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "nave" 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



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Jun 21, 2011


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All Critics (158) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (23) | DVD (10)

More man-child high-jinks in a comedy which seems to be looking down its nose at smalltown America's terminally unhip, but proves good-hearted and delivers enough laughter to seal the deal.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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These folk are undistinguished yet distinctive, and the film, for all the familiar grind of its plotting, pays them their honest due.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Considering it has to do with infidelity, bribery, drugs, drinking, loutish behavior, fraud and prostitution, Cedar Rapids is really kind of a sweet movie.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Cedar Rapids takes an inordinate number of wrong turns, but it also has an inordinate number of good laughs mixed in with the not-so-good ones.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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In the dying days of an era when "big city" has been a relative term, the sales-convention comedy "Cedar Rapids" is a loving tribute to American innocence.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's yet another comedy that's trying too hard to sell something past its date.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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a fun little movie that really strikes a balance between comfortable friendliness and crazy silliness

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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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.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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).

January 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix

... I wanted to spend more time with these characters ...

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

There's a restraint and sweetness to the raunch that keeps it below the threshold of certain other R-rated comedies about away-from-home shenanigans gone bawdily awry.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The supporting cast are uniformly excellent too, particular Reilly, whose blow-hard Deanzie gradually reveals a softer, empathetic side.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Hopelessly benign but still boisterous enough to deliver a mild buzz.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Everyone does good work here, but for Helms this is a breakout role, and he delivers. Cedar Rapids is a modest but disarming comedy that will leave a smile on your face...

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

Engagingly funny.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

Cedar Rapids is at its best when it pushes Helms into uncomfortable situations and makes him figure them out. But the movie remains less than completely satisfying

May 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Cardboard caricatures of midwesterners make for a few easy laughs

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comment (1)
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Everyone will leave feeling like they just had a properly-sized snack of delicious popcorn when they really wanted a juicy burger. It's responsible and you don't regret it, but it doesn't go down in history either.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

A kind of American Pie for young adults, there is much amiable and good-hearted humour here amongst the cruder elements and the strange nether-world of conventions is amusingly captured.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

What happens in "Cedar Rapids" doesn't stay in Cedar Rapids ... Excellent news for film-goers in the mood for something hilariously off-kilter.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

It's funny, offensive, well acted and pointless.

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Cedar Rapids is both funny and perceptive with a sympathetic mixture of boorish, calculating and innocent-abroad behaviour.

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

What makes it work is the real sense of warmth and affection that grows between the characters, lending the film an appealing sweetness that has become all too rare in American comedy.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for Cedar Rapids

At first sight it looks like another one of those comedies that we've seen before but it really isn't. It's nice to see a comedy that doesn't try too hard to shock or disgust and one that acknowledges the ordinary-ish guy without resorting to exaggeration. It's not too formulaic and not too predictable and it pretty much gives you what you want. Okay, so it's not exceptional but I appreciated its subtlety. There are no big belly laughs as such but you will probably smile continuously throughout. The comedy underdog of 2011.
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I know that feel when something trust isn't real. But I think that's not the answer.
April 13, 2013
Actually funnier than I expected. But I also expected something more I guess.
January 26, 2013

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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.
August 18, 2012
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    2. Dean Ziegler: I'm not a cop, Joan Jet.
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    1. Tim Lippe: Cream sherry.
    2. Dean Ziegler: Cream sherry. This one's weird!
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    1. Ronald Wilkes: Of course I have my guilty pleasures... like antiquing.
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