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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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Today Is The First Day... Of The Rest Of His Weekend.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
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)
Robert Foulkes .... supervising location manager
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
Paul E. Schulz .... assistant location manager
Veda Semarne .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Stahl .... production assistant
Elizabeth Stone .... assistant: Mr. Arteta
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Cathy Thomas .... location manager
Alex Tompkins .... production assistant
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Randy Wells .... set medic (as Todd 'Randy' Wells)
John David Wolfe .... assistant location manager
Carol Baty .... location manager (uncredited)
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)
Phil VanSpronsen .... location scout (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 »
Errors in geography: The movie starts off in Brown Valley, Wisconsin. However, at the beginning when they're showing different scenes from the town, we see a directional highway sign in one shot that clearly shows a "diamond" shaped state-highway sign, which are used by the state of Michigan (where the movie is filmed).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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Mild Indie Comedy with Ed Helms, 9 August 2011
Author: brando647 from Spring Hill, FL

Following the success of THE HANGOVER, Ed Helms has officially risen to leading man status. Granted it's only an independent film and I'm not even sure it got any sort of nationwide release, but you've got to start somewhere. CEDAR RAPIDS is a quirky comedy with a handful of dark elements and, while it has a fair share of laughs, it's pretty tame. Helms is insurance salesman Tim Lippe, an awkward man who never amounted to much. He often fades into the background in the shadow of superior salesman Roger Lemke, and his only real relationship is the on-going fling with his former grade school teacher. After an unfortunate incident means Lemke won't be able to represent Brownstar Insurance at the upcoming ASMI conference in Cedar Rapids, it's left up to Tim to try and win the coveted Two Diamonds award for the the third year in a row. It won't be easy: Tim's never been outside his hometown of Brown Valley, WI and he's socially incompetent. As if he doesn't have it rough enough, he finds himself mixed up with the likes of notorious wild-man and rumored "poacher", Dean Ziegler.

With the exception of a pretty dark final 30 minutes where Helms' Lippe hits rock bottom, the film is pretty light. If it weren't for a good amount of vulgar humor (mostly from John C. Reilly's Ziegler), this film probably would've fallen to a PG-13 rating. A lot of the laughs come from Lippe's wide-eyed wonder at the real world and Ziegler's drunken antics. The gags in the film never really amount to more than a few chuckles, even when Helms loses his mind. It's a fun enough story with Lippe trying his darnedest to represent Brownstar in an honest fashion and finding out how even an institution like his beloved ASMI isn't impervious to the corruption of the world. Unfortunately, chuckles are about all the film amounts to. For a film billed as a comedy, there aren't a whole lot of "laugh out loud" moments. It's a shame too because the pairing of Helms and Reilly is a promising one. The film's quirkiness takes center stage with corny jokes and nicknames taking center stage over any real jokes. Amusing, yes. Is it a film I'll be hyping up to my friends? Probably not.

Helms is a great straight-man. He's already got the look of a respectable man, so all he needs to do is freak out (at which he excels) in strange circumstances and he can usually get a laugh (see any scene of his in THE HANGOVER). Here, he's the ultimate straight-man and he plays innocent well. Reilly's Ziegler is his polar opposite, boisterous, often drunk, and at constant odds with ASMI headman Orin Helgesson (Kurtwood Smith). Reilly's a comedic heavyweight and gets most of the best laughs in the film and manages to balance a bit of a empathetic human side to his party animal. Rounding out the main cast are Anne Heche as feisty Joan Ostrowski-Fox and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Ron Wilkes. Heche makes an for a hot red-head and her character treats every ASMI convention in Cedar Rapids like a trip to Vegas ("What happens in Cedar Rapids, stays in Cedar Rapids.") and Whitlock's Wilkes is the voice of reason amongst the group. Some great chemistry amongst the cast here but the film's just a little too tame, relying on minor chuckles instead of any real laughs. Or as Ronald Wilkes might put it, this film is N.T.S. In this case, "not that special."

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