To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "naive" is a gross understatement. He's never left his small hometown. He's never stayed at a hotel. And he's never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries. For a guy who plays everything by the book, this convention will be anything but conventional.
- Miguel Arteta
- Phil Johnston
- Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Mike O'Malley, Rob Corddry, Seth Morris, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
- Run Time
- 1 hour 26 minutes
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
These folk are undistinguished yet distinctive, and the film, for all the familiar grind of its plotting, pays them their honest due.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 02.27.2011
I imagine the director, Miguel Arteta, is the reason the movie succeeds as well as it does. He mutes the obnoxiousness and concentrates on the performances, nearly all of which are excellent and marked by a sense of real camaraderie.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 02.17.2011
Helms delivers a performance of touching delicacy, one almost as remarkable as that of Tom Hanks in Big.Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 02.17.2011
Plenty of passing laughs, but some coarse overacting, not to mention a phoned-in, Capra-esque message of singular banality.Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph, 04.28.2011