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Cedar Rapids


An unexpectedly good comedy. It stars Ed Helms, one of the dudes who was responsible for The Hangover, and is along those lines, though not as gross. Ed is an insurance salesman who has basically never been out of Frozen Grizzly Scat, Minnesota, and gets a chance to go to the big city—Cedar Rapids!—for a convention. He’s never been on an airplane, never checked into a hotel, never met a prostitute. (Okay, it’s easy to see why he wouldn’t recognize her proposition outside the hotel; in Cedar Rapids, even the hookers look Midwest wholesome.) He ends up sharing a room with John C. Reilly, the party-hearty guy, and mayhem ensues. I had fun.