Cedar Rapids

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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...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes ; Gag reel ; Mike O'Malley - Urban Clogger ; Tweaking in the USA ; Wedding Belles - Crashing a Lesbian Wedding ; Top Notch Commercial
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Less broad than you might expect, given that its stellar comedy cast includes veterans from The Hangover, Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Office Space, director Miguel Arteta's introspective comedy still earns its fair share of laughs thanks to Phil Johnston's adroit screenplay, a talented cast, and a director skilled in maintaining an effective balance between comedy and drama. Yes, the influence of producer Alexander Payne can be felt in every line of dialogue, and though Cedar Rapids may be a bit too incidental to resonate with viewers as Sideways did back in 2004, there's enough honesty and solid characterization to give the film genuine gravity. 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. The Hangover may have transformed Ed Helms into a bona fide comedy superstar, but it's movies like Cedar Rapids that may help to give his film career real legs. It's not that Helms' character in Cedar Rapids is so vastly different than his toothless persona in The Hangover on the contrary, the two share some fairly distinct character qualities, but the fact that Johnston's screenplay gives that character some very expressive nuances that the supporting player-turned-topliner handles with genuine finesse. And Helms' energy is matched perfectly by co-stars Reilly and Heche, both of whom manage to hit just the right notes to give their characters real dimension. There aren't any big comedy set pieces in the film -- nothing that's likely to send viewers into convulsive fits of laughter -- instead, what Arteta and Johnston seem to be striving for is a steady undercurrent of clever insights and modest gags that all add up to one naïve man-child's realization that people can be incredibly complicated, and that it doesn't always pay to put our heroes on a pedestal. It would have been easy for Johnston to whip off a screenplay filled with anarchic gags poking fun at insurance agents, but he's actually using humor as a tool to offer insight into our penchant for making fast assumptions and prejudging others, rather than just going for our funny bone -- and though that approach may require a bit more patience on the part of the average viewer, it works. With an endearing character at the center of the action and a flair for the lost art of brevity, Johnston accomplishes in 86 minutes what would take most screenwriters 120 pages -- pared down -- and sends us walking away satisfied instead of overstuffed. At the same time, Johnston's succinct screenwriting may also be Cedar Rapids' greatest drawback; the simplified story and restrained script effectively blunt Tim Lippe's otherwise-convincing character arc, and a steady stream of clever gags just seems to taper off instead of leading to a satisfying comic payoff. The characters in Cedar Rapids are more than stereotypes in sensible suits, and the film's low-key blend of comedy and drama matches their unique complexity rather nicely, even if it never fully commits to either in a way that's entirely satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • UPC: 024543705659
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,302

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Helms Tim Lippe
John C. Reilly Dean Ziegler
Anne Heche Joan Ostrowski-Fox
Isiah Whitlock Jr. Ronald Wilkes
Stephen Root Bill Krogstad
Kurtwood Smith Orrin Helgeson
Alia Shawkat Bree
Thomas Lennon Roger Lemke
Rob Corddry Gary
Mike O'Malley Mike Pyle
Sigourney Weaver Macy Vanderhei
Inga Wilson Gwen Lemke
Mike Birbiglia Trent
Seth Morris Uncle Ken
Christopher Lemon Rock Climbing Dude #1
Sudhi Rajagopal Rock Climbing Dude #2
Chris DiAngelo Kurt Gambsky
Lindsey Alexandra Hartley Pam Gambsky
Welker White Dione Krogstad
John Djurovski Bartender
Charlie Sanders TSA Agent
Craig Janos Jack Nicholson Impersonator
Tracey Maloney Flight Attendant
Steve Blackwood Lindy
Carl Harry Carlson Older Man
Kenneth Wood Waiter
Lisa Lacasse Lila
James Howard Carr Swarthy Man
David Rhoads Ball Pit Judge
Bruce Giffin Photographer
Teresa Yenque Maid
Helen-Jean Arthur Church Lady
Michael Tuba Heatherton Plate Spinner
Leisa Pulido Talent Show MC
Ed Jewett Bearded Dude
Zackary Hamlin Clem
Kimberly Moncrieff Small Woman
Linda Riker Small Woman's Friend
Michael Buie Brian Early
Roz Music Lady
Loit Maripuu Customer #3
Bruce Lawson Customer #4
Ian Minicuci Perry (Man in Wheelchair)
Penny Gibbs ASMI Representative
Victor Pytko Merle Huss
Sandy Gittleson Sherri Fahrenkrug
Richard L. Fox Hotel Employee
John F. McCormick Dad
Joanne McGee Mom
Hayley Zeccardi Daughter
Technical Credits
Miguel Arteta Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Brian Bell Co-producer
Jim Burke Producer
Chuy Chavez Cinematographer
Ed Helms Executive Producer
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Phil Johnston Screenwriter
Lawrence Karman Camera Operator
Eric Kissack Editor
Doug Meerdink Production Designer
Alexander Payne Producer
Rob Simons Art Director
Jim Taylor Producer
Thomas G. Varga Sound Mixer
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Yurisch Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cedar Rapids
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cedar Rapids
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      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: Español Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Scenes
   Extras
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Dinner With Macy
         Song Dedication
         Cart Ride
         Fire Extinguisher Fight
         Goodbye to Bree
         Cabin Extras
      Gag Reel
      Mike O'Malley - Urban Clogger
      Tweaking in the USA
      Wedding Belles - Crashing a Lesbian Wedding
      Top Notch Commercial
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    Ok, But Not Great

    This was worth a watch, and maybe another watch sometime down the road a ways, but definitely not one I would own. It was an alright comedy, but a lot of the comedies anymore these days just aren't living up to a lot of the classic ones from the 80s and 90s I would have to say. Only a select few comedies have really been great since the early 2000s, such as Wedding Crashers and Hangover and Due Date & such. A lot of the ones I'm seeing anymore these days just aren't all that impressive. Still, if you're into comedy, this is worth a watch, but not much more than that I'm afraid.

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