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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.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writer:

Phil Johnston
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Inga R. Wilson ... Gwen Lemke
Mike Birbiglia ... Trent
Seth Morris ... Uncle Ken
Christopher Lemon Christopher Lemon ... Rock Climbing Dude #1
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Dean Ziegler first enters the hotel, he yells to the desk staff to stock the mini-bar in his room, which he says is 1019, yet he, Tim and Ronald are staying in Room 112. However, it is possible that at the time Ziegler may not have known that he was being moved to a different room. Ziegler could have also just been saying nonsense just to get attention. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References America's Got Talent (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Line
Written by Freddie Perren (as Frederick J. Perren) and Keni St. Lewis
Performed by The Sylvers
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Real Gem
6 May 2011 | by psheehanukSee all my reviews

I have to admit that when I saw the poster for this, I thought it looked lame. I then checked out IMDb and saw it had 7.2. I still wasn't convinced. I then only watched it because it was the only film on at the time I wanted to go out. And I'm glad I did. This film is gem - a mix between an indie film, dark comedy and farce. It kind of reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite but not as quirky. This film is funny and really enjoyable on so many levels. The cast is perfect - all performing above and beyond. John C Reilly is a legend in this film and just about steals the show from Ed Helms. I suggest you go watch this film expecting very little and you'll come away feeling like you've just been given a free gift, unlike most films which rob you!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cedar Rapids See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,968, 13 February 2011

Gross USA:

$6,861,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,728,936
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ad Hominem Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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