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Cedar Rapids

  • Rated R


Ed Helms (The Hangover 1 & 2) and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) lead an all-star cast in the comedy that shows what can happen...when insurance agents go wild! Shy and naive Tim Lippe (Helms) ventures to the big city of Cedar Rapids.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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2 out of 5

Raunchy comedy is packed with sex, drinking, and swearing.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this raunchy "hard R" comedy in the tradition of Animal House is about a group of men who cut loose and go crazy (some of them for the very first time) and then eventually take down a corrupt and hypocritical authority figure. The movie includes massive amounts of language, with some of the most creative and abundant swearing in ages. There's also heavy sexual innuendo and references to lots of sexual situations (multiple partners, adultery, prostitution, etc.). And there's heavy drinking, as well as use of hard drugs like crack. Thanks to a funny trailer and the presence of Hangover co-star Ed Helms, teens may be attracted to this envelope-pushing comedy, but it's really best left for adults.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's sexual situations. Which characters are looking for solid relationships, and which aren't? Why? What messages does the movie send about sex and relationships?
  • Characters drink and do drugs a lot in this movie. Why? What would the consequences for this behavior be in real life?
  • Are any of the characters in this movie role models? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's yet another comedy that's trying too hard to sell something past its date.

- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, Thursday, February 17, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

img]] There is no doubting that Cedar Rapids has a talented cast that if given the right material are completely capable of making you laugh out loud, the film isn't as funny as it could have been. However my main problem with it was that it struggled to choose what kind of comedy it wanted to be. It tries to be sweet one minute and decides to be incredibly raunchy the next (very much so when it comes to John C Reilly's corrupted, hilarious and insanely infectious character) and quite often it sways between completely different genres, at times becoming awkwardly stupid as opposed to being actually funny. It certainly has it's moments of good laughs, it's quirky, ambitious, heartfelt, features a good Ed Helms performance, but in the end it simply doesn't add up to very much. I couldn't really recognise it as the final cut to be honest. In the end I felt that in it's entirety it's strange tone and it's peculiar but ambitious structure intrigued me enough to reward it a very slight recommendation. But although it has about 40 minutes of ambition, it eventually gives up and resorts to typical rauchfest conventions.

- aquateen2, Saturday, August 18, 2012

3 stars

It's a nice, funny and entertaining film with a interesting plot, but Cedar Rapids is not what I really expect. The script turn to be weak, just like the direction. Anyway this comedy altogether is a good film due to the black humor. Fresh.

- fb100002359227440, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

1 star

It's hard to tell what this movie was trying to achieve, but it flushed a talented cast and a promising plot directly down the toilet. I expected a film that would have me laughing hysterically, and "Cedar Rapids" failed to make that happen. In fact, outside of John C. Reilly's foul mouthed performance, it was nearly void of humor altogether. It's boring. Avoid.

- fb100000040220993, Friday, June 1, 2012