Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
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.
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
Jeff, at 30, lives in his mom's basement, unemployed, looking for signs about what to do with his life. He answers a wrong-number call for "Kevin". Later, on a bus, he sees someone wearing a jersey with "Kevin" on the back. Jeff follows him. Meanwhile, Jeff's brother, Pat, a tone-deaf salesman, upsets his wife by buying a Porsche they cannot afford; Pat runs into Jeff soon after and they see Pat's wife with another man. At her job, Jeff and Pat's mom receives e-mails from a secret admirer; she tries to figure out who it is. Misunderstandings, errors, and confrontations abound. A backup on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway brings things to a head. Written by
Jeff (played by Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother) is the perfect idealist who is searching for meaning in the world after the death of his father. Everything is a sign from the universe, no matter how trivial it seems to his brother Pat (played by Ed Helms from The Office). The brothers have a strained relationship, as Pat mocks Jeff's every thought. They have an even touchier relationship with their mother Sharon (played by Susan Sarandon), who receives messages from an anonymous admirer at her workplace.
The film is driven by Jeff and Pat's pursuit of Pat's wife Linda (played by Judy Greer from What Women Want), as they suspect she is cheating on him. Throughout the course of the most adventurous day that you can imagine, Jeff, Pat, Linda, and Sharon undergo transformations that fundamentally change their relationships with each other and allow them to find meaning in this chaotic world.
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