Cedar Rapids: Indie-Comedy Misses the Mark
Anne HecheEd Helms...
(Helms) is an insurance salesman whose gullibility and sense of idealism is not
befitting of his occupation. Tim is sent to represent his company in a
convention as a replacement for a recently deceased colleague that he idolised.
He is under pressure to secure the coveted Two Diamond award at the convention;
an award that his former workmate Roger had won for three years in a row.
He becomes acquainted
Ron (Witlock Jr), Dean (O’Reilly) and
Joan (Heche), and he has to come to the realisation that his company’s
future rests on him winning the award.
to have such a poorly produced indie comedy starring Ed Helms (one of the
breakout stars of The Hangover) and John C. Reilly, who is well-known
for his flexibility in both drama and comedy. It’s a shame then that these two
talents are wasted in Cedar Rapids.
There’s a fine line between the dry and blunt humour of an indie-comedy, and
the dryness and bluntness of an uninspired script. The film is pallid, unfunny
and lacks any memorable scenes, even though the actors do their best to keep
the film interesting. However, the weak script and poor direction drag the film
Rapid’s plot is also uninteresting. The problem with the film starts with the character of Tim.
It doesn’t make any sense that his character is foolish and reckless from start
to finish, considering that this is his
lifetime opportunity; it simply prevents the audience from emphasizing with the
lead character. The script fails to create any kind of likeability or empathy
despite having such a naive and innocent canvas of a character. Ill-advised
decisions come with the package of a goofy character, and we as an audience should
want to root for him. His constant ridiculous nonsensical behaviour makes this
impossible, and you may well find yourself throwing your arms in the air with frustration.
Looking at the
positives, Heche’s character is a seductive and likeable character who fits
perfectly into the role of the main character’s eventual love interest.
It appears that
Ed Helms had some time on his hands between the Hangover films, so he
decided to take on this role to waste some time. Sadly, it’s nothing near his
other comedic works.