Cedar Rapids

April 29th, 2011


Cedar Rapids

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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.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.4/10 (15,270 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Miguel Arteta

Stars: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche

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...

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

Taglines: Today Is The First Day... Of The Rest Of His Weekend.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 29 April 2011

Filming Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Opening Weekend: $302,968 (USA) (13 February 2011) (15 Screens)

Gross: $6,857,503 (USA) (22 May 2011)

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Did You Know?

Although originally intended to be shot on location, production was moved to Ann Arbor, MI when Iowa shuttered its film tax credit program.

Continuity: When Ed Helms is in the swimming pool with Anne Hech character he has a large "zit" on his back (right shoulder) - Missing in next scene when he is in the room with her.

[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.

User Review

My insurance agent was never this funny.

Rating: 10/10

I think Ed Helms just invented a new genre, the Midwestern. Ed Helms, Anne Heche, John C. Riley and Isiah Whitlock Jr. take you on one heck of a funny ride from the very beginning all the way through the end credits. Miguel Arteta did a terrific job directing the talented ensemble. Phil Johnston's hilarious screenplay humor was kept real without succumbing to worn out clichés. Ed Helms' character insurance agent Tim Lippe made you believe in his distinct sense of right and wrong. He transformed those around him by example not preaching. Every character added to the richness and heart of the movie. What could have easily become another sophomoric slapstick comedy turned out to be a wonderful story that just happened to be the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.


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