We all heard about the movie Cedar Rapids when it appeared in theaters in February, 2011. But I, for one, didn’t make the time to see it until recently. I’m glad I finally decided to sit down and watch it.
Ed Helms stars as naïve, idealistic insurance agent Tim Lippe, who is sent to a convention in the big city – that’s Cedar Rapids, folks – as a replacement for the recently deceased co-worker he idolized. Lippe’s good guy persona is completely lovable. Amid the raunchy, sophomoric humor of his three new friends, savvy convention goers played by Anne Heche, John C. Reilly, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Lippe’s decency subtly surfaces.
This movie is not for everyone. It’s rated R for “free–flowing vulgarities and alcohol, illegal drugs, a busy prostitute and a few thrown fists.” Oddly enough, it’s also about the extraordinary nature of an ordinary, decent man.