‘Cedar Rapids’ maps it

By Vanessa Gutierrez

Best known for his roles in “The Hangover” and “The office,” Ed Helms stars in the new comedy “Cedar Rapids” as an insurance salesman named Tim Lippe.

Tim is extremely naive thinking he is in a committed relationship with his teacher from seventh grade Macy Vanderhei. Macy, the divorcee who amuses herself with Tim, is played by Sigourney Weaver who is best known for her role in “Heartbreakers.”

The owner of Brown Star insurance Bill Krogstad, played by Stephen Root, is a father figure to Tim, although the feeling only goes one way.

Bill sends Tim to Cedar Rapids to the convention not out of faith but as his last choice, giving him a strict agenda of who to talk to and who not to talk to.

Due to an insurance convention in Cedar Rapids Tim finds himself having to leave his small home town of Brown Valley, Wisconsin for the first time.

This nutty convention helps him break out of his shell where he finds love, friends, and prostitutes.

The film is filled with typical jokes because everyone plays their usual characters.

John C. Reily who is best known for his roles in “Stepbrothers” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” plays Dean Ziegler which means big trouble for Tim.

Dean does a great job playing his usual crazy, outlandish character.

Ronald Wilkes, played by Isiah Whitlock, Jr., is  another salesman that Tim meets during his convention.

Ronald is known for telling flat jokes and goes back and forth from being a guide and a side kick to Tim.

Ronald is the first African American that Tim has ever met, which causes a few laughs through the course of the film.

Foxy redhead Joan Ostrowski, played by Ann Heche, plays the leader of the gang taking real charge of the men.

Ann makes Tim do things he would not normally do, she pushes him and without knowing he starts growing up.

The hilarious Alia Shwakat, known best for the role as Maybe in “Arrested Development,” plays Bree the local hooker.

Bree gets Tim in to some trouble where he is rescued by his new gang of friends.

The soundtrack includes a few good tunes like Okkervil River’s  “Unless It’s Kicks,” “Blitzen Trapper,” “Wild Mountain Nation” and Marah’s  “Angels of Destruction.”

Over all the film is worth the money, a good, but not a great movie. This film is definitely a date movie unlike that other movie “The Hangover.”

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