February 19, 2011

Movie Review: Cedar Rapids

What a hilarious and clever script. It could easily have been slapstick in the hands of another director or different actors but instead is outrageous but believable, and laugh-out-loud funny. All the performances are authentic, all the characters come across as quirky but credible.
Ed Helms is Tim, the principal nerd, who's sent to an insurance convention to replace the company hot-shot who died unexpectedly (of auto-asphyxiation). It's Tim's first airplane flight, his roommate is probably the first black man he's ever come in contact with and he's enamored with the Comfort Inn-type hotel with the fake palm trees in the courtyard. It's all new and oh-my-gosh exciting and Ed Helms pulls it off in a sweet, endearing way.
John C. Reilly is hysterical as the gross and obnoxious third roommate, Dean, the guy Tim was told to avoid at all costs. But despite Dean's boorish behavior it turns out he has a heart, and that's what keeps this film from falling into the stupid pool. The characters are human and vulnerable, and people you'd want to know.
The humor is sometimes gross but outrageously funny. It's an hour and a half of complete fun.
4 stars out of 5

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