Cedar Rapids

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Product Overview

Tim lippe has no idea what he's in for when he's sent to cedar rapids, iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the guidance of three convention veterans.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 221159999
UPC 024543705659
UPC 14 00024543705659
Format DVD
Release Date 6/21/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Buddies
Self-Discovery
Teachers
Editors Note
Note A childlike insurance salesman discovers his inner grown-up in this comedy from director Miguel Arteta and producer Alexander Payne. Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) sells insurance for a living. He's passionate about his career, so when the top salesman at the company dies on the eve of a big industry convention in Cedar Rapids, IA, his boss, Bill (Stephen Root), decides that Tim should take the trip to represent their company, and possibly accept a major award. Trouble is, not only has Tim never been on an airplane before, but he's in such a state of arrested development that he's even started sleeping with his former elementary school teacher Mrs. Vanderhei (Sigourney Weaver). Arriving at the convention ready to put his best foot forward, Tim hits it off with his hotel roommate Ron (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), but is soon thrust out of his comfort zone when he learns they will be sharing a room with their amoral, hard-partying colleague Dean (John C. Reilly), whom Tim has been instructed to avoid at all costs. Later, when the three unlikely roommates meet up with fellow insurance slinger Joan (Anne Heche), the chemistry just clicks. However, when the ultra-conservative president of the entire organization (Kurtwood Smith) catches Tim in a compromising position, it all starts to fall apart. Now, if Tim can just shed his illusions and finally see the truth about the people he always looked up to, perhaps he can find the courage to recapture his integrity, and return home and face the future with a newfound sense of self-assurance.
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] sweet comedy with a dirty mind....CEDAR RAPIDS has something of the same spirit of FARGO in its approach to the earnest natures of its small-towners." 02/09/2011
Wall Street Journal "The main thing about CEDAR RAPIDS is that it makes you laugh -- often and out loud..." 02/11/2011
USA Today "This is a Frank Capra-meets-Judd Apatow comedy with a sweetness-laced ribaldry....REILLY is over-the-top hilarious, and Helms builds on the likability he exuded in THE HANGOVER..." 02/11/2011
Los Angeles Times "There is something to be said for allowing yourself simple pleasures like the shtick-y sweetness of CEDAR RAPIDS....[Helms] has put a polish on the persona, layering an old-fashioned virtues and an irrepressible optimism that is hard to resist." 02/11/2011
A.V. Club "Reilly has rarely been funnier as a braying, lovably vulgar life-of-the-party type, and Heche emerges from the Hollywood wilderness with a wry, immensely appealing performance." -- Grade: B 02/10/2011
New York Times "[W]hile Mr. Arteta likes a dirty joke as much as the next comic director, because those laughs burble up from characters whose raucousness comes from an honest grappling with life's absurdities, the jokes sing as well as zing." 02/10/2011
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Helms is warm and likable and makes for a great nerd hero with his aw-shucks personality and surprised facial expressions. Reilly delivers another one of his trademark 'nutty pal' performances that continue to win him fans." 02/10/2011
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "CEDAR RAPIDS is both hilarious and heartfelt. It's also powered by a dream cast, led by the outstanding Helms." 03/03/2011
Film Comment "The film's overarching comedic goal is a prolonged sense of discomfort that, at its high points, will make you cringe and snicker in equal measure." 03/01/2011
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hanks to Helms it's never uncomfortable to watch....It's also worth staying for the end credits -- to see Reilly perform a party trick..." 06/01/2011
Sight and Sound "[With] uniformly entertaining performances....Arteta makes light and earthy work out of it." 06/01/2011
Actors
Ed Helms
Isiah Whitlock
Anne Heche
John C. Reilly
Cast & Crew
Ed Helms - Star
Isiah Whitlock Jr. - Star
Anne Heche - Star
John C. Reilly - Star
Stephen Root - Co-Star
Kurtwood Smith - Co-Star
Sigourney Weaver - Co-Star
Gary Wayton - Stunt Coordinator
Jeanette Scott - Set Decorator
Mike O'Malley - Co-Star
Michael Buie - Co-Star
Steve Blackwood - Co-Star
Penny Gibbs - Co-Star
Teresa Yenque - Co-Star
Thomas Lennon - Co-Star
Rob Corddry - Co-Star
Alia Shawkat - Co-Star
Seth Morris - Co-Star
Chuy Chavez - Director of Photography
Christophe Beck - Composer
Richard L. Fox - Assistant Director
Margaret Yen - Music Director
Banzai Vitale - Stunt Coordinator
Brian Bell - Production Manager/UPM
Lawrence Karman - Camera Operator
Phil Johnston - Screenwriter
Mark Yurisch - Special Effects
Ed Jewett - Co-Star
Sudhi Rajagopal - Co-Star
Mike Birbiglia - Co-Star
Bruce Lawson - Co-Star
Tracey Maloney - Co-Star
Lise Lacasse - Co-Star
Charlie Sanders - Co-Star
Inga Wilson - Co-Star
Christopher Lemon - Co-Star
Chris DiAngelo - Co-Star
Lindsey Alexandra Hartley - Co-Star
Welker White - Co-Star
John Djurovski - Co-Star
Craig Janos - Co-Star
Carl Harry Carlson - Co-Star
Kenneth Wood - Co-Star
James Howard Carr - Co-Star
David Rhoads - Co-Star
Bruce Giffin - Co-Star
Helen-Jean Arthur - Co-Star
Michael Tuba Heatherton - Co-Star
Leisa Pulido - Co-Star
Zackary Hamlin - Co-Star
Kimberly Moncrieff - Co-Star
Linda Riker - Co-Star
Roz Music - Co-Star
Loit Maripuu - Co-Star
Ian Minicuci - Co-Star
Victor Pytko - Co-Star
Sandy Gittleson - Co-Star
Richard L. Fox - Co-Star
John F. McCormick - Co-Star
Joanne McGee - Co-Star
Hayley Zeccardi - Co-Star
Miguel Arteta - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00024543705659
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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