A film that just never seems to find it's tone/purpose. Sometimes it feels like its striving to be another 'office space' or 'hangover' and at other times like it wants to taken seriously in a more satorical way like 'thank you for smoking'. Problem is its neither. The 4 leads play together well but none save perhaps Heche come off as realistic characters. Helms talents don't shine through here.
I'll go out on a limb here and say that people won't like this movie. They'll go in expecting The Office meets The Hangover, and they'll be dead wrong. It's more like The Office meets Fear and Loathing, albeit an edited for TV one. Helms shows true depth and range as an actor, and Reilly, Heche, and Whitlock provide perfect support. Whitlock has a wonderful running joke about his role in the "HBO program The Wire."
Ok. So I'm waiting in the cinema for the surprise film at the Dublin Film Festival, hoping desperately that it would be 'Pina' by Wim Wenders. When it turned out the was this, I was naturally disappointed it wasn't Pina. I purposely stopped watching films like this because they are not my cup of tea, so when I watched this I was appalled. Each to their own I guess, but "toilet humour' is inexcusable in my book.
Imagine what an indie comedy about a naive, Middle America insurance salesman might look like. Cedar Rapids is that cliché in some ways. And yet, the film balances the crude with the sincere with honest finesse. It ends as honest as its main character and just as likable. Maybe the film is ultimately slight but it still entertains with warmth.