Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cedar Rapids

An unambitious but funny comedy in which Ed Helms plays Tim Lippe, a small-town insurance salesman from Wisconsin who is sent to his first conference, in the big city of Cedar Rapids. What happens next is only partly predictable, as he becomes embroiled with a trio of misfits and embarks on a dark night of the soul. The characters are nicely drawn; what I really loved was that the writers left unresolved many of the apparent conflicts in the minor characters, notably Anne Heche, excellent as a philandering wife, John C. Reilly, doing his John C. Reilly part, and the surprising presence of Isiah Whitlock Jr. (best known from The Wire) as a mild-mannered hanger-on.

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