Cedar Rapids


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

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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
James Howard Carr
as Swarthy Man
David Rhoads
as Ball Pit Judge
Bruce Giffin
as Photographer
Helen-Jean Arthur
as Church Lady
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
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
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Critic Reviews for Cedar Rapids

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43)

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...

Jun 23, 2011

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

May 1, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cedar Rapids slowly squanders its apparently fruitful set-up, heading towards a weak, sappy ending that tries for sweetness, but leaves a sickly saccharine aftertaste.

Apr 28, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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.

Apr 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 28, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
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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.

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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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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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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