Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids

Miguel Arteta (2011)

83min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This superb comedy stars Ed Helms as a naive and homely insurance agent dispatched to a cut-throat sales convention in the Iowa city that gives the film its name. Away from his comfort zone for the first time, he falls in with a wild crowd that includes boorish John C Reilly and flighty good-time gal Anne Heche, and their escalating stunts and japes threaten to derail his company's goal of picking up a prestigious award for a fourth straight year. It may sound a flimsy premise, but director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Youth in Revolt) delivers a laugh-out-loud ride that plays like a white-collar executive take on Animal House, and Phil Johnston's script is awash with quotable one-liners. The Hangover star Helms never strays too far from the nerdy but good-hearted salesman he plays in the US version of The Office, but Reilly as the fouled-mouthed veteran steals all his scenes with a master class in vulgarity.

Summary

A naive and idealistic salesman who has never before left his home town gets his first independent experience of the outside world when he is sent to a conference in Iowa. He ends up sharing a hotel with a group of far more worldly-wise fellow delegates and gets an eye-opening introduction to the delights of drink and debauchery. Comedy, starring Ed Helms, John C Reilly, Anne Heche and Sigourney Weaver.

Cast & Crew

Tim Lippe Ed Helms
Dean Ziegler John C Reilly
Joan Ostrowski-Fox Anne Heche
Ronald Wilkes Isiah Whitlock Jr
Bill Krogstad Stephen Root
Orin Helgesson Kurtwood Smith
Bree Alia Shawkat
Roger Lemke Thomas Lennon (3)
Gary Rob Corddry
Mike Pyle Mike O'Malley
Macy Vanderhei Sigourney Weaver
Director Miguel Arteta
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Apr 2011
Comedy