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Cedar Rapids -- A by-the-book insurance agent (Ed Helms) away from home for the first time for an insurance convention is distracted by three convention veterans who show him the ropes and push his boundaries.
Cedar Rapids -- Naïve small-town guy Tim Lippe (Helms) 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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Cedar Rapids -- Interview: "Anne Heche On The Group Scenes And Ed Helms"
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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 ... Orin Helgesson

Alia Shawkat ... Bree

Thomas Lennon ... Roger Lemke

Rob Corddry ... Gary

Mike O'Malley ... Mike Pyle

Sigourney Weaver ... Macy Vanderhei
Inga R. 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 (as Charlie H. Sanders)
Craig Janos ... Jack Nicholson Impersonator
Tracey Maloney ... Flight Attendant

Steve Blackwood ... Lindy

Carl Harry Carlson ... Older Man
Ken Wood ... Waiter (as Kenneth H. Wood)
Lise 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 A. Maripuu ... Customer #3
Bruce Lawson ... Customer #4 (as Bruce E. Lawson)

Ian Minicuci ... Perry (Man in Wheelchair)
Penny Gibbs ... ASMI Representative

Victor Pytko ... Merle Huss
Sandra Gittleson ... Sherri Fahrenkrug (as Sandy Gittleson)

Richard L. Fox ... Hotel Employee
John F. McCormick ... Dad
Joanne McGee ... Mom
Hayley Zeccardi ... Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Beck ... Tim Lippe (voice: French version)
Deidre Backs ... Pregnant Lesbian Bride (uncredited)
Max Bassett ... Bemused Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Brian Bell ... Guy Falling Off Ladder (uncredited)

Joshua Ray Bell ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Tim Craiger ... Church Attendant (uncredited)

Johnny Flynn ... Bartender (uncredited)

Cherilyn Hayres ... Business woman (uncredited)

David Hutchison ... Tweeker #3 (uncredited)
Sydney Lumbert ... Kid in the Park (uncredited)
Ralph H. Meyer ... Hot Dog Contest Judge (uncredited)
Gary L. Minix ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Morris Lee Sullivan ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Laurie Valko ... Core conventioneer (uncredited)
Paul Xiong ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Miguel Arteta 
Writing credits
Phil Johnston (written by)

Produced by
Brian Bell .... co-producer
Jim Burke .... producer
Ed Helms .... executive producer
Alexander Payne .... producer
Jim Taylor .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Chuy Chávez (director of photography) (as Chuy Chavez)
Film Editing by
Eric Kissack 
Casting by
Joanna Colbert 
Rich Mento  (as Richard Mento)
Meredith Tucker 
Production Design by
Doug J. Meerdink  (as Doug Meerdink)
Art Direction by
Rob Simons 
Set Decoration by
Jeanette Scott 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Kristin Berge .... hair department head
Dena Fayne .... key hair stylist (as Dena Fayne Stevens)
Roz Music .... makeup department head
Sherri Zebeck .... key makeup artist
Mary Burton .... makeup artist: Sigourney Weaver (uncredited)
Emilie Cockels .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Kevin J Edwards .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Kimberly Jones .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vicki Vacca .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist: Sigourney Weaver (uncredited)
Production Management
John A. Amicarella .... post-production supervisor
Brian Bell .... unit production manager
J.M. Logan .... post-production supervisor
David Price .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott August .... second assistant director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Sebastian Mazzola .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Justin Ayers .... propmaker
Kurt Braun .... set dresser
Albert Chen .... art department assistant
Frank D. Dambra .... charge scenic
Greg Gootsan .... assistant property master
Michael Grady .... set dresser
Carl Gratkowski .... set dresser
Christopher Hosey .... illustrator
Susanne King .... assistant property master
Ellen Lampl .... illustrator
Richard Lattuca .... set dresser
Keith Allan Miller .... set dresser
Jarrette Moats .... art department coordinator
Mike Monckton .... paint foreman (as Mike 'Monk' Monckton)
Dean Neeb .... set dresser (as Dean P. Neeb)
Lance Newton .... carpenter
Matthew J. Norskog .... on-set dresser (as Matt J. Norskog)
Tom Osman .... labor foreman
Troy Osman .... construction coordinator
Tyler Osman .... construction foreman
Kathleen A. Runey .... painter
Abe Sanders .... carpenter
Kenneth Sayers .... set dresser
Phil Shirey .... leadman
Paul Stevens .... art department assistant
Tina Tottis .... set decoration buyer (as Tina Sanjian Tottis)
Amie McCarthy Winn .... property master (as Amie McCarthy-Winn)
David Brayman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Anna Jones .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Ludemann .... additional graphic artist (uncredited)
Ian Miller .... art department (uncredited)
David Scott .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Brad Smith .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Tom Sparkman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael A. Watt .... set buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Kerry Ann Carmean .... foley editor (as Kerry Carmean Williams)
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Patrick Cusack .... sound assistant
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor (as Andrew De Cristofaro)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Scott Edelson .... boom person
Jenny Elsinger .... cable person
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Glynna Grimala .... supervising adr editor
Glynna Grimala .... supervising dialogue editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Zack Howard .... sound re-recordist (as Zach Howard)
Daniel S. Irwin .... adr editor
Kimberly Jimenez .... additional audio (as Kim Jimenez)
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor (as Nancy Nugent Title)
Michael Payne .... supervising sound effects editor
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor
Katherine Rose .... foley artist (as Catherine Rose)
Kyle Seo .... additional audio
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
Mathew Waters .... re-recording mixer
Michael Krikorian .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects coordinator
Mark Yuricich .... special effects (as Mark Yuricish)
Visual Effects by
Chris Chappell .... lead compositor: Level 256
Scott M. Davids .... visual effects supervisor: Level 256 (as Scott Davids)
Scott M. Davids .... visual effects technician (as Scott Davids)
Dan Delboy .... digital artist
Anthony Hays .... roto artist: Level 256
Adam Lima .... compositor: Level 256
Aurelio x. Vera Jr. .... digital artist (restored version)
David B. Wilson .... compositor: Level 256
Kurt Bryant .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
David Hutchison .... stunts
Brett A. Jones .... stunts (as Brett Jones)
Monica Staggs .... stunts
Justin Sundquist .... stunts
Banzai Vitale .... stunt coordinator
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
Ele Bardha .... stunt double: Ed Helms (uncredited)
David Hutchison .... stunt double: John C Reilly (uncredited)
Nate Mitchell .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Baker .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
K.C. Bartos .... company grip (as Kenneth 'KC' Bartos)
Troy Boggess .... electrician
James Frank Brown .... video assist operator (as James F. Brown)
Jim Buford .... electrician
Chris 'Chalky' Chalk .... electrician
Stephen Early .... loader
Andrew Fisher .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Chris Fisher .... second assistant camera (as Christopher M. Fisher)
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... gaffer
Ryan Fritz .... electrician
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Andrew Hoehn)
Dave June .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (as David June)
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator
Lawrence Karman .... steadicam operator
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip (as Brent T. Lawson)
Brian C. Lawson .... dolly grip
Bruce Lawson .... key grip
Ted Lichtenheld .... camera operator: aerial unit
Hector Lopez .... digital imaging technician
Matthew May .... best boy electric (as Matthew D. May)
Daniel S. Noga .... camera operator: c
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Matthew Semchee .... company grip (as Matthew M. Semchee)
Scott 'Mo' Stebbins .... additional lamp operator
Joe Vitellaro .... company grip
Big Pete Atkinson .... additional loader (uncredited)
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
William Eichler .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Makram Fehri .... crane operator (uncredited)
Makram Fehri .... crane technician (uncredited)
Makram Fehri .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Bill Hong .... camera car technician (uncredited)
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christine Colvin .... casting associate: LA
Johnny Gidcomb .... adr voice casting
Kathy Mooney .... casting: Michigan
Janet Pound .... casting: Michigan
Julie Schubert .... casting associate: NY (as Julia Shubert)
Rose Gilpin .... extras casting (uncredited)
Kathy Remski .... extras casting (uncredited)
Michael Schiavone .... extras casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Matt Chase .... set costumer
Sarah Dano .... costumes coordinator
Megan Gilliam .... costume production assistant
Katie Holland .... set costumer
Carlane Passman .... costume supervisor (as Carlane Passman Little)
Verginia Tossounian .... stitcher (as Verginia Tousounian)
Cindy Chu .... set costumer (uncredited)
Kimberly Leitz .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jada Budrick .... digital color assistant
Libby Cuenin .... apprentice editor
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist
Ashley Farber .... digital intermediate data technician
Frank Figueroa .... digital color assistant
Ryan C. Fill .... assistant editor (as RC Fill)
Catherine Haight .... additional assistant editor
Don Henry .... digital intermediate data technician
John Lowe .... editorial production assistant
Christopher J. Maldonado .... editorial production assistant
Julia Marino .... editorial production assistant
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
Jeff Mee .... assistant editor
Ron Perez .... digital intermediate data technician
Gregg Schaublin .... digital intermediate project manager
David Soldinger .... editorial production assistant
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor (as Everette Jbob Webber)
Dan Williams .... digital color assistant
Denise Woodgerd .... dailies producer
George Zidd .... digital intermediate data technician
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer (uncredited)
Darin Wooldridge .... home video mastering colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Robert Foulkes .... supervising location manager
Paul E. Schulz .... assistant location manager
Cathy Thomas .... location manager
John David Wolfe .... assistant location manager
Carol Baty .... location manager (uncredited)
Phil VanSpronsen .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan DiPrima .... music editor
Nick Fevola .... music preparation
Matthew Janszen .... music preparation
Steve Kaplan .... additional score recordist
Alison Litton .... music consultant
Jake Monaco .... score coordinator
Carter B. Smith Jr. .... music consultant (as Carter Smith)
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Philip Tallman .... music editor
Margaret Yen .... music supervisor
Matt Fausak .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sherry Cassar .... picture car coordinator
Gracie Klein .... transportation coordinator
Robert'Bob'Rice Sr. .... transportation captain (as Robert Rice Sr.)
Jennifer Gonzalez .... driver (uncredited)
Carla Klein .... transportation (uncredited)
Chris Musick .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
William Searles .... driver: camera truck (uncredited)
Other crew
Deidre Backs .... assistant: Mr. Burke
Sarah Bastian .... assistant: Ed Helms
Charlie Berens .... production assistant
Naomi Bombardi-Wilson .... travel secretary
Kyle Calvin Campbell .... production assistant (as Kyle Campbell)
Gregory S. Carr .... production assistant
Sean Carville .... first assistant accountant
Gregory Cassin .... assistant: Ed Helms (as Greg Cassin)
Jeff Cech .... production assistant
Geralyn Clark .... production assistant
C. Kyle Eckles .... key craft service
Evan Endicott .... development executive: (Ad Hominem ) (as Evan J. Endicott)
Michael Franck .... pilot: aerial unit
Andy Goldman .... title designer: main and end titles
Jim Gregory .... chef
Tracey Grimes .... account executive
Rhonda Higgins James .... catering assistant
Richard Keeshan .... production coordinator (as Richard P. Keeshan)
Jeremy David Lee .... assistant production coordinator
Natalie Mathes .... post-production accountant
Richard McCune .... financing: City National Bank (as Richard V. McCune)
Shaun M. McGovern .... production accountant (as Shaun McGovern)
Bryan Meganck .... craft service head (as Brian Meganck)
Valerie Meloche .... accounting clerk
Tommy Meneses .... assistant chef (as Tomas Menes)
Karen S. Neasi .... clearance coordinator
Shannon Parker .... production assistant
Erik Piecuch .... financing: City National Bank
Edward Poveda .... payroll accountant (as Edward M. Poveda)
Sudhi Rajagopal .... assistant: Mr. Arteta
Anna Ramey .... production assistant
Pete Rinehart .... craft service assistant
Jeremy Sanchez .... assistant post-production accountant
Veda Semarne .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Stahl .... production assistant
Elizabeth Stone .... assistant: Mr. Arteta
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Alex Tompkins .... production assistant
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Randy Wells .... set medic (as Todd 'Randy' Wells)
Richard 'Rick' Bobier .... stand-in: John C. Reilly (uncredited)
Elizabeth Cortez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Dzialowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Liz Georgoff .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Kilgore .... stand-in: Kurtwood Smith (uncredited)
Christine Mahaney .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Courtney McCrory .... accounting clerk: post production (uncredited)
Ryan McCullough .... stand-in (uncredited)
Debbie Pearl .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Morris Lee Sullivan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kelli Jo Sweeney .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and drug use
87 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16/13 (video rating) | Germany:12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46246)
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Isiah Whitlock Jr.'s character Ronald Wilke references the character Omar from the TV show "The Wire" (2002). He played the character State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis on the TV series. According to Whitlock, the 'Wire' references were in the script before he was cast, and they decided to keep them in place as an in-joke for fans of both Whitlock and his former show.See more »
Factual errors: When the stewardess tells Tim he's in an exit row on the plane, he's sitting in Row 5. Exit rows are never that close to the front of the plane, are always mid-section and/or aft.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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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Not your typical fish-out-of-water comedy, 29 July 2011
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

"What happens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids," says Joan, a "one of the guys" kinda woman played by Anne Heche who views her yearly trip to an insurance conference in Cedar Rapids as momentary liberation from her life's irrevocable commitments. For those of us who've tried to spend as little time in Iowa as possible, that little mantra's something of a joke, but escapism means something different to everyone. "Cedar Rapids" puts much in perspective this way by showcasing adults as the children they often are.

Ed Helms gets his first starring role as Tim Lippe, an insurance agent from Brown Valley, Wisc. who's never set foot out of his hometown and is even sleeping with his seventh grade teacher (Sigourney Weaver) to whom he's "pre-engaged." When the insurance company's golden boy dies of auto-erotic asphyxia (which Tim regularly refers to as "an accident"), Tim must represent the company at the annual ASMI conference in Cedar Rapids where he must win the coveted Two-Diamond award for excellence or it will cost the company dearly.

Helms nails the fish-out-of-water character using much of the same naiveté that made him a beloved addition to "The Office." Although in many instances his super-small-town mentality serves as a comedic ploy, it informs the way we watch the rest of the film, namely how he interacts with his new group of friends, characters that rather accurately represent the array of business types.

Tim first meets Ronald (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), the amicable by-the-books guy with who tells bland jokes and means well. Then John C. Reilly storms onto the scene as Dean Ziegler a.k.a "The Deanzy," the straight-shooting schmoozer with absolutely no filter and as such, the source of much of the laughs so long as you find humor in creative vulgarity. Last would of course be Joan, who jokes around about seducing Tim but behaves otherwise. Heche seems to have found the path many actresses looking to rebound have taken: playing a damaged middle-aged woman trying to feel things out.

Essentially these characters are grown-up children in much the same way that the "The Office" brings playground dynamics to the adult world. Team-building activities and getting drunk are just the beginning for what these characters do and consequently how they behave. For Tim, it's a long-delayed loss of innocence. He learns that even parts of his ho-hum life can have a two-faced nature; those people he believes to be bad end up good and vice versa.

Director Miguel Arteta ("Youth in Revolt") seems to show an adeptness at this kind of comedy, drawing performances from the cast that provide nuanced characterization and believability. A comedy about Midwestern insurance agents doesn't work if the people don't seem average, yet at the same time, the characters are far from dull.

"Cedar Rapids" mostly struggles as most indies do in finding a balance between comedy and poignancy. The over-the-top comedic elements seem to push away from the dramatic, which is the film's greater strength. There's plenty of humor to be had in the nature of the story to the point that a scene with Tim going over the edge and smoking crack with a prostitute doesn't seem essential to say the least. Tim's reactions to moral conundrums seem a bit exaggerated as well in terms of the writing.

The ending lacks a bit of zing, but the intentions of Phil Johnston's script are pure and true. His focus stays on a well-cast protagonist and Tim's attitudes help create the perspective shift that allows us to enter the characters' shoes. The results are light-hearted and not preachy in the least.

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