Cedar Rapids Movie

February 11, 2011 by Post Team 

Cedar Rapids Movie, (CP) – “Cedar Rapids” begins very much like a comedy Alexander Payne Midwest should: with a sex romp afternoon and Sigourney Weaver exhorting his companion to “Bring It!”  Her interlocutor is sadly seriously Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) when the character that Weaver Macy’s – Tim former 7th grade teacher – said they only “have a good time,” he corrects it sincerely, “No We’ll have the best time. ”

Tim is a 34-year Brown Star Insurance salesman in the valley of Brown, Wisconsin, he managed to get through life knows almost nothing. When star salesman of the company (Thomas Lennon) dies unexpectedly, the boss of Bill Krogstad (Stephen Root) Tim sends to the convention of the annual insurance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although such a trip may not seem the stuff of cinema breathtaking, the trip is a fine passage at the age of Tim, who befriends party colleagues, experiments with drugs and has a moral crisis.

Tim, Cedar Rapids might as well be Las Vegas (where Helms went to “The Hangover”) But “Cedar Rapids” is not an Alexander Payne (“Election”,”About Schmidt “) image. He is executive producer of the film. It was directed by Miguel Arteta (“Youth in Revolt”,”The Good Girl “) and written by Phil Johnston.

“Cedar Rapids” lacks the darkness that Payne would surely injected, and the movie unfolds instead as a classically charming late coming of age comedy.

When Tim is sent to Cedar Rapids, he is charged with two objectives: To continue winning streak of the company to take the prestigious prize of two diamonds, and stay away from Dean Ziegler. Of course, it falls rapidly with “Deanzie” (John C. Reilly), a brash, joke spewing, and a veteran of the insurance and recently divorced hero hotel bar.

For Reilly, that is enormously fun. It is something like the living incarnation of “Saturday Night Live” Bill Brasky character, a legendary salesman hard drinking. “The Rundown,” he told Tim.

Reilly’s talent is now almost primarily a comic actor – and rightly so. It is the kind of gaffe balls with his eyes rolling madly around his sockets and a voice that sounds drunk even when he is sober.

Tim is also befriended two other sellers of insurance veteran of almost equally hedonistic Joan Ostrowski Fox (excellent reliability Anne Heche) and the bottom button Ronald Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.).

They quickly realize that the sweater-clad, Sherry-drinking Tim needs some exposure to life. The trio fairly swarms around their character, giving him a wake in the middle of paneled walls and drab interiors of the hotel.

These merry Midwest, it is suggested, are just as depraved as the rest of us.

“Cedar Rapids” is populated by so many actors primarily known for their television work is a fusion of characters plucked from the dial: “The Office” (Helms), “The Wire” (Whitlock) ” The State “(Lennon),” That ’70s Show “(Kurtwood Smith, the president of the League insurance),” News Radio “(Root),” Arrested Development “(Alia Shawkat as a prostitute hides) and “The Daily Show” (Rob Corddry, as a local gross).

Whitlock, who played a dirty politician with a slogan of “The Wire”, adds to the TV link by doing an impression of another character in the great drama of HBO: Omar the shooter.

So we got Meta. Next James Gandolfini is doing its best Silvio.

But it is an implicit comparison that’s impossible to avoid: Helms “Office” co-star Steve Carell, whose “40-Year-Old Virgin ‘territory similar aplomb.

Helms exude a sweetness and innocence like Carell, adding a touch of nerdiness Ivy League. As a leader in man “Cedar Rapids,” he holds the screen well, supported by the distribution of significant support. Totally innocent, he marvels at trivial things, like a car rental (“Sweet!”) And airline peanuts.

It is becoming a familiar joke, but it is still hard to resist – especially when Reilly and Heche are in your corner.

“Cedar Rapids,” a Fox Searchlight release, is rated R for content, coarse language and sexual and drug use. Length: 87 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.


Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G – General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG – Parental guidance suggested. Some scenes may be unsuitable for children.

PG-13 – Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children fewer than 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R – Restricted. Under 17 accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 – Not fewer than 17 admitted.

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