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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although originally intended to be shot on location, production was moved to Ann Arbor, MI when Iowa shuttered its film tax credit program. 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 The Shining (1980) See more »


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Written by Bob Crosby, Gil Rodin, Ray Bauduc and Bob Haggart (as Robert Haggart)
Performed by Bob Crosby Orchestra (as Bob Crosby & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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A riot
31 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie, really good dry humor. Don't listen to the whiners. Favorite line, "I apologize for my role in the malfeasance in the pool last night.". the movie is filled with ridiculous situations, a insurance salesman conference in a conference center covered with cheap wooden wall paneling. The star wears nerdy looking turtleneck brown sweaters. Some of the funniest movie lines I've heard "..oh I see your eatin' the canned tuna from the bottom shelf.". All the insurance salesmen (and women) are waaay to excited to be at the "ASMI" conference, it is obviously the highlight of their life. Dirty sexcrets everywhere underneath the blanket of these godly insurance salespeople. I can't think of a comedy like it, it builds on you.

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