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Cedar Rapids

July 17, 2011 2 comments

Cedar Rapids

Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Phil Johnston
Actors: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche

Plot: Tim Lippe is a mild mannered insurance salesman who has to go to his first ever insurance convention in Cedar Rapids. He meets a cast of characters who show him the ropes of how to get through a convention in the big city. (Cedar Rapids)

Ratings:
Griff:

 
Scotty: 



Before we get into the film, what were your thoughts before seeing the film?

Griff – I was hoping for good things. I saw on RT that this movie was 85% fresh. I was thinking that this was going to be another Grandma’s Boy that did poorly in theaters but it one of my all-time favorites.

Scotty –  I had heard very little about it and was sure it was going to be a waste of money.

Do you think the movie was fresh and innovative?

Griff – Definitely an original plot but the joke seemed recycled to me.

Scotty – No, not at all.  These comedies are cookie cutter comedies.  I know there is an equation out that these movies are all written from.  I actually believe that people sit around in 3rd world countries creating these in a movie factory.

Was the script well written?

Griff – It was an interesting, mildly amusing movie that was well written.

Scotty – No it was not well written and was boring and predictable

Were the actors and actresses well cast?

Griff – The actors did a great job. It’s hard to go wrong with John C. Reilly. He is always excellent and just a terrific actor.

Scotty – Sure

DO you remember a song from the film?

Griff – The insurance song set to Silent Night was pretty funny.

Scotty – I guess I remember the Insurance song that was sang by Tim Lippe(Ed Helms)

What was your favorite line?

Griff – “Getting some honey on your stinger? I love it! “

Scotty – “I don’t trust people with pony tails.”

What would you have done differently if you were the writer or director?

Griff – I guess this was a good movie but it didn’t really hit my sense of humor. So I would have made it funny for me.

Scotty – This movie is pointless and minimally funny. No need to make it.

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Griff – John C. Reilly was excellent.

Scotty –  I guess John C. Reilly as Zeigler was my favorite character. But he was the same person he always is in these types of movies.

Buy it, rent it, watch it on Cable, or skip it entirely? 

Griff – This is a rental or you could watch it on cable. I don’t think this movie commands multiple viewings.

Scotty – Skip it

Any suggestions for another movie to check out if someone enjoyed this film (similar film)?

Griff – Well in the genre of mildy funny, not as amusing as I had hoped movies I would say Juno.

Scotty- The Hangover, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights