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I imagine the director, Miguel Arteta, is the reason the movie succeeds as well as it does. He mutes the obnoxiousness and concentrates on the performances, nearly all of which are excellent and marked by a sense of real camaraderie.
The movie belongs to Helms and Reilly, ringleaders who barely seem to notice that the script from Phil Johnston favors easy jokes and obvious setups. They, and the others, give this minor movie major heart.
The gifted Reilly is now almost principally a comedic actor -- and with good reason. He's the most lovable of goof balls, with his eyes rolling around his sockets crazily and a voice that sounds drunk even when it's sober.
Screenwriter Phil Johnston gets a surprising amount of comic mileage from the familiar premise of staid Rotary Club types getting crazy in a strange town, and there are some decent laughs from Helms's fellow conventioneers and partners in crime.
Though the comedy in "Cedar Rapids" is Arteta's broadest yet, the film reflects the care he takes with his cast, the sort that helped reveal an acting depth no one suspected from Jennifer Aniston in 2002's "The Good Girl."
The less uptight... will have an amusing enough time... and some might even be glad that here Arteta's removed enough edge from his man-child hero that there's no chance of any of his quirks resonating in one's head...
The film's director, Miguel Arteta, understands that real laughter grows from characters. He has a rich start with Lippe, played by Helms as a man who is thrilled even to go through security at the airport.
Within the structure of a conventional, well-built comedy fable about an innocent among bigger-city sophisticates - a screenplay bull's-eye for relative newcomer (and native Wisconsinite) Phil Johnston - is something truly original.