Cedar Rapids (2011)



Filed under : comedy, review

“Today is the first day of the rest of his weekend.”

- Cedar Rapids

Recently, I had the opportunity to see this movie as I was invited to a screening. Now, I had not heard of this film until I received the invite for the screening. Before making a decision, I took a look at the trailer and found myself pleasantly amused. So, I decided to go ahead and check it out – I’m glad I did.

The main character, Tim Lippe (played by Ed Helms), is very similar in nature to the character of Andy Bernard in “The Office.” He plays a very innocent and good spirited character who (similar to the show) suddenly finds himself learning about things he never knew existed. In a nutshell, some of these things that he learns turn out to be not what he thought them to be. And, he finds out – not everything is what it seems.

Due to an unexpected event, Tim Lippe is called to represent his company to attend its annual industry membership conference. And, this is where his adventure begins.

As soon as Lippe arrives, he meets conference veterans Dean Ziegler (played by John C. Reilly), Joan Ostrowski-Fox (played by Anne Heche), and Ronald Wilkes (played by Isiah Witlock Jr.) who end up showing Lippe the ropes of surviving the conference and also teaching him a few things about life. In the end, they all become very close friends.

This is really a movie about how we see things and how it affects our life. For Tim Lippe, he was a very naive and innocent person before he arrived at the conference. He thought all was what it seemed to be.

Though, after the conference – it really opened up his eyes. And, he saw things for what they were – the truth. And, found out that sometimes – the truth can hurt. Big time.

For the first time in his life, he saw things for what they really were. And, it really affected his perspective on life. No longer was he the naive and innocent character he once was. Now he saw the truth.

(Note: For those who have not seen the film, I won’t ruin it for you. But, I’ll just say it’s one of those things where all is not what it seems).

Though, even though the truth did hurt Lippe – he learned to face it head on. And, in the end – he continued to believe he still could do some good in the world despite all of the evils that existed. He was just now more aware. And, that made him stronger.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It was very pleasant to watch and very entertaining. There were a few crude jokes in the film which were a bit silly but still made for good entertainment.

If you’re in the mood for a comedy type film, this one is pretty descent and will give you a good laugh.

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Happy movie watching!

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