CEDAR RAPIDS-the best movie no one saw.

admin July 1, 2011 37

“…I thought ‘now here’s a kid who is gonna go places,’ and somehow… you just didn’t.”

And thus begins the classic hero’s journey for callow insurance salesman Tim Lippe (Ed Helms of “The Hangover” and TV’s “The Office), the protagonist of “Cedar Rapids,” the criminally under seen film from director Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl” and “Youth in Revolt”). After the star salesman in Lippe’s office freakishly dies, Lippe is called to action as a last minute replacement to represent his company at a sales conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Having never left his hometown, Lippe is forced to leave behind his worldly comforts, including a physical relationship with his former junior high school teacher, played by Sigourney Weaver (if you need me to list a film starring Weaver, then you’re a f*cking philistine).

The main goal Tim Lippe ‘s quest involves gaining the coveted “Two Diamonds Award,” given to salesmen who display moral, “Christian” ideals. Things become complicated when Lippe befriends Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly, check his imdb page), a recently divorced party animal who encourages Lippe to fight the hypocrisy of the conference’s moral ideals. “Church and insurance are separate!” Lippe’s moral compass is further challenged when he finds himself attracted to Joan (Anne Heche, yes, THAT Anne Heche), a fellow insurance seller who uses the weekend conference to forget the husband and kids that wait for her back home. Heche brings a wonderfully sad and understated performance to the proceedings, nicely contrasting Reilly’s Zeigler and Isiah Whitlock Jr’s Ronald Wilkes, the most mature member of the team. Wilkes manages to play Ronald as droll yet completely believable, which is one of the film’s main strengths and what sets “Cedar Rapids” towers above other comedies this year.

Director Arteta and screenwriter Phil Johnson wisely let the plot and humor of this film unfold naturally through it’s characters. Not a single moment or line of dialogue feels false, but more importantly it gives these characters heart and likability. You root for Lippe and despite yourself, you wish you had friends like his. After her second viewing of the film, my better half asked me if the movie did well enough at the box office to merit a sequel. I told her that it hadn’t and she sighed and said “That’s too bad. I would have liked to see these people again.”

“Cedar Rapids” is on DVD and Blu-Ray. Buy several copies, support good cinema.

-Dougger

37 Comments »

  1. Phil July 1, 2011 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I don’t trust the opinions of this particular guest writer.

  2. Leesie July 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    who’s the new writer???

  3. Connie July 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    i agree with phil

  4. vanessa July 2, 2011 at 8:57 am - Reply

    pretty good post :) who’s DOUGGER?

  5. Kerry July 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    good flick and Anne Heche looked hot!!!

  6. Fred July 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    cedar rapids wasnt that great.

  7. Monica July 5, 2011 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Spot on — I LOVED this movie

  8. Mark July 6, 2011 at 4:22 am - Reply

    great review!!! WRITE MORE LIKE THIS!

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    I liked this review too!!! post more!!!

  10. Stefan July 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    an astute review of an enjoyable movie. kudos!

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  16. coach Wallace July 12, 2011 at 9:48 am - Reply

    dougger needs to get off his ass and do more reviews!

  17. fish July 13, 2011 at 6:16 am - Reply

    never heard of cedar rapids.

  18. jason July 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Hey can Dougger do more reviews, i like his? style

  19. sergio July 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    SPOILERS MUCH?!?!

  20. Manny July 16, 2011 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Well i netflixed the movie based on this review and loved it so thanks!!!

  21. Taylor July 18, 2011 at 1:36 am - Reply

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  23. BOB August 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    this Dogger was a one hit reporter apparently

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    the movie sucked, the review sucked, dougger sucks and so does this website

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  36. hercules September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am - Reply

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