Monday, February 7, 2011
"Cedar Rapids" originally had its debut at Sundance, but not sure I could call this an indie flick or that any of the actors would be considered unknown. That might be the only negative I have for the movie. It is absolutely hilarious in a very quirky way. Not sure that Ed Helms can carry a film, but he doesn't have to in this comedy club of a movie that includes John C Reilley (Talladega Nights), Anne Heche (Hung), Stephen Root (Dodgeball), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Mike O'Malley (Glee), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!).
Ed Helms is the main character, Tim Lippe, a small town guy that is in his mid-30s and has never left his Midwestern town of Brown Valley, Wisconsin where he lives in the house that he grew up in alone and has recently taken up a relationship with his grade school teacher (Sigourney Weaver). We learn that he was hired by Brown Star Insurance at a young age with a promising career; but he has simply amounted to nothing and he is a rather disappointment. Fortunately, Lippe has a chance to redeem himself and win the Two Diamond Award for Brown Star Insurance at a convention in the booming metropolis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There he meets his role models in the insurance industry and the fun begins.
Not sure if this movie will be a fireball hit like "the Hangover" was, but you will find yourself buying this on DVD for friends come the holiday season. Tim Lippe truly is a hero and we call him Insurance Man...
This movie not only receives 4 Quacks, but also a solid Two Diamond Award from the ASMI. Remember, what happens in Cedar Rapids, stays in Cedar Rapids. In closing, what do you call an anorexic with a yeast infection?
ANSWER: a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (PS stay for the credits because there are more jokes from the cabin at Lake of the Woods)
(screening date 2/7/11, release date 2/11/11, location AMC Loews Georgetown)