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.

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To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "naïve" 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 anything but conventional -- (C) Fox Searchlight
R (for crude and sexual content, language and drug use)
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Ed Helms
as Tim Lippe
John C. Reilly
as Dean Ziegler
Anne Heche
as Joan Ostrowski-Fox
Kurtwood Smith
as Orrin Helgeson
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Ronald Wilkes
Stephen Root
as Bill Krogstad
Thomas Lennon
as Roger Lemke
Mike O'Malley
as Mike Pyle
Sigourney Weaver
as Macy Vanderhei
Inga Wilson
as Gwen Lemke
Seth Morris
as Uncle Ken
Christopher Lemon
as Rock Climbing Dude #1
Sudhi Rajagopal
as Rock Climbing Dude #2
Chris DiAngelo
as Kurt Gambsky
Welker White
as Dione Krogstad
John Djurovski
as Bartender
Charlie Sanders
as TSA Agent
Craig Janos
as Jack Nicholson Impersonator
Tracey Maloney
as Flight Attendant
Kenneth Wood
as Waiter
James Howard Carr
as Swarthy Man
David Rhoads
as Ball Pit Judge
Bruce Giffin
as Photographer
Helen-Jean Arthur
as Church Lady
Michael Tuba Heatherton
as Plate Spinner
Leisa Pulido
as Talent Show MC
Ed Jewett
as Bearded Dude
Kimberly Moncrieff
as Small Woman
Linda Riker
as Small Woman's Friend
Michael Buie
as Brian Early
Roz Music
as Lady
Loit Maripuu
as Customer #3
Bruce Lawson
as Customer #4
Ian Minicuci
as Perry (Man in Wheelchair)
Penny Gibbs
as ASMI Representative
Victor Pytko
as Merle Huss
Sandy Gittleson
as Sherri Fahrenkrug
Richard L. Fox
as Hotel Employee
Hayley Zeccardi
as Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Cedar Rapids

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41)

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

These folk are undistinguished yet distinctive, and the film, for all the familiar grind of its plotting, pays them their honest due.

Full Review… | February 27, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Considering it has to do with infidelity, bribery, drugs, drinking, loutish behavior, fraud and prostitution, Cedar Rapids is really kind of a sweet movie.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Cedar Rapids


The idea is fine - a shy underachieving insurance salesman goes to a convention in the big city (of Cedar Rapids?). But I found the movie painful to watch.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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