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Cedar Rapids (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  18 March 2011 (USA)
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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.



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Tim Lippe (Helms) was the guy people always thought would go places but then he just ... didn't. He's been living in über-sleepy Brown Valley, Wisconsin his whole life, still "pre-engaged" to his 7th grade teacher Macy Vanderhei (Weaver), while selling insurance to protect other people's dreams. But now, Tim's stalled life is about to get a kick-start because, for the first time in his 34 years, he's headed to a "major" metropolis - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - where he must try to save his company at a do-or-die insurance convention that, for him, will be entirely unconventional. From the minute he checks into his hotel with his ancient American Tourister and cummerbund money belt, it's clear Tim has no idea how the modern world really works. He is soon smitten with seductive Nebraskan insurance agent Joan Ostrowski-Fox (Heche) and awed by his experienced roommates, the straight-shooting Ronald Wilkes (Whitlock Jr.) and the suspicious Dean Zeigler (Reilly). Disheartened when he comes ... Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Today Is The First Day... Of The Rest Of His Weekend.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alocada convención  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$302,968 (USA) (11 February 2011)


$6,857,503 (USA) (20 May 2011)

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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


When Ed Helms is in the swimming pool with Anne Hech character he has a large "zit" on his back (right shoulder) - Missing in next scene when he is in the room with her. See more »


[first lines]
Tim Lippe: [voice-over] One of the reasons I love Brown Valley so much is that when you do business here, chances are good you know the person you're dealing with.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the main characters tell (dumb) jokes at the cottage, and a commercial for their new insurance company is shown. See more »


References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »


Break My Stride
Written by Gregory Prestopino and Matthew Wilder
Performed by Matthew Wilder
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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My insurance agent was never this funny.
6 February 2011 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I think Ed Helms just invented a new genre, the Midwestern. Ed Helms, Anne Heche, John C. Riley and Isiah Whitlock Jr. take you on one heck of a funny ride from the very beginning all the way through the end credits. Miguel Arteta did a terrific job directing the talented ensemble. Phil Johnston's hilarious screenplay humor was kept real without succumbing to worn out clichés. Ed Helms' character insurance agent Tim Lippe made you believe in his distinct sense of right and wrong. He transformed those around him by example not preaching. Every character added to the richness and heart of the movie. What could have easily become another sophomoric slapstick comedy turned out to be a wonderful story that just happened to be the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.

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