I was born and raised in small town Iowa, and grew up less than an hour’s drive from Cedar Rapids.* My home town was not a one stop light town, it was a one stop sign town. I only saw stop lights when we drove to Cedar Rapids once every other month or so to buy things that we couldn’t make by hand out of corn stalks and river mud. Years later I drove back through the area and managed to get lost in Cedar Rapids for an hour. You wouldn’t think it would be possible to get lost for an hour in the second largest town in Iowa, but I’ll have you know that Google Maps could not hope to keep up with that town’s street numbering. Those street signs were doing things with numbers that could get published in cryptography journals.
In any case, Ed Helms’ new movie is called Cedar Rapids, after that mighty Midwestern metropolis, and is set there as well. Helms plays a small town insurance salesman who is sent to the the “big” city of Cedar Rapids to fill in at a sales convention. Hijinks ensue.
John C. Reilly plays the same role he does in every comedy, Ed Helms basically plays the same role he usually plays, and Anne Heche looks incredibly good as a redhead. Isiah Whitlock is in there too and manages to land a reference to Omar and “The Wire” in the trailer, which is always good. It’s also got Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Kurtwood Smith, and Stephen Root to round out a pretty damned good cast for a comedy.
Trailer below, it’s playing at Sundance in January and then has a wide release in February.
*90% of everything written in this post is entirely made up. Except this. This is 90% true. Except for the part that isn’t. Remember, it’s only a lie if you don’t put an excuse in a footnote.