Ed Helms tries to capture the innocence and naivety of small town insurance salesman traveling to the big city conference and all the problems he finds in both his nosiness and his personal life.
Film making 16/25
Bonus Features 10/25
Cedar Rapids had potential, the potential to be much better than it turned out, it just flopped when they took things too far. The best times often are the most honest and I was highly interested in this movie at the beginning but soon lost interest when they took just about every character too far.
Ed Helms plays small town insurance salesman Tim Lippe who winds up going to the big time insurance conference instead of the two time award winner from the same office. When the top salesman from small town Brownstar Insurance dies from auto-erotic asphyxiation the company decides to send Tim to the annual insurance conference.
The company has won the Two Diamonds insurance award several years in a row because the now dead agent went to the conference and impressed industries top man Orin Helgesson. Orin is a Christian and emphasizes the fact that the award goes to the firm that helps people in a most religious way even though he does not come out right and say it.
Brownstar Insurance will not be seeing the award again so the firms owner is very upset that their top man was exposed in the way he was and has all his hopes resting on Tim. Tim arrives at the conference to find the very man who his boss warned him against is his roommate along with a uh oh, black man.
Tim is that na¯ve but he soon befriends roommates Roger played by John C. Reilly and Ronald Wilkes played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. along with fellow insurance agent Joan played by Anne Heche. A big part of the movie goes to show how innocent and na¯ve Tim is when deals with prostitute Bree played by Alia Shawkat.
Tim finds himself at a drug house sniffing drugs and getting himself into more hilariously stupid situations in the wrong part of town. This one scene really put the fear of the truth into me about this film, it just went way too far to be a cute comedy.
I really found the film could have toned down much of the naivety in order to make the film more genuine which would have made it funnier in my opinion. They went more The Office kind of humor and I found it unappealing but many may enjoy this type of humor more.
Cedar Rapids just came off as yet another comedy using the innocence of small town people brought to the big city as its main stream punch line. The film does not hold much lasting appeal for me and is not that great but worth a rental at least.
Video quality is pretty good for this Blu-ray transfer and about as good as you would expect, good skin tone and no problems with darks and shadows. The film does have a wide variety of scene locations so you get a good mix of shots to compare and the color along with clarity is no problem.
I did notice a slightly toned down aspect to the color probably due to the digital filming used which is unusual for comedy movies. Audio is also pretty good in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track with decent surround sound but for a comedy you don’t get a whole lot of use from multiple speakers.
Bonus content includes 9 short pieces all less than ten minutes except the cast interviews for a slew of quick clips about the movie and making it. The extra features are all short and to the point but not all that interesting, about the minimum you would expect from any film on Blu-ray.
Cedar Rapids was an alright movie and one that is for a particular audience that enjoys comedy like The Office but not for a wider audience. I did enjoy the film but could see improvements that could have been made, Cedar Rapids was an alright film but rent before deciding on ownership.