Certain television shows have a proven knack for propelling their small screen stars into silver screen superstars. The best example is Saturday Night Live, a show which has continuously launched the movie careers of countless stars for nearly forty years. And while SNL’s popularity and acclaim has dipped in recent years, it still manages to pop out a few stars every now and then.
A new late-night comedy show has stepped in to take SNL’s place as the premier comedy launch pad – Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Since host Jon Stewart took over in the late-90s, The Daily Show has seen many of its correspondents achieve highly successful careers outside of the show (namely Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert).
The next name on that list is Ed Helms. Having already scoring a hilarious role in TV’s The Office (as probably my favorite character, Andy Bernard), Helms found big screen success in the surprise comedy blockbuster The Hangover. And now, the former Daily Show correspondent (2002-2006), is set to headline his first leading-man film role in a new film opening this weekend.
Cedar Rapids is a comedy from director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl and the underrated Youth in Revolt) about an innocent Midwesterner experiencing the “big city” for the first time at a regional business conference.
Tim Lippe, a naïve insurance agent, has no idea what he’s in for when he’s sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent (and hopefully save) his company at a do-or-die annual insurance convention, that for him, will be entirely nonconventional. Out-of-place and unprepared, he quickly finds himself under the “guidance” of three convention veterans.
Watch the hilarious trailer posted in the VIDEO BOX to the left side of this article.
Cedar Rapids is written by Phil Johnston and appeared on the 2009 Black List, an industry insider collection of the most popular unproduced screenplays of the year. The film premiered earlier this year out-of-competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
Like many of the best comedies, Cedar Rapids features a very impressive cast list of hilarious supporting characters – John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Anne Heche (HBO’s Hung), Isaiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Root (Office Space), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Mike O’Malley (Yes, Dear), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), and fellow Daily Show alum Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine).
The film looks absolutely hilarious, and I, personally, cannot wait to see it. Helms and the rest of the cast are great and always funny, so the film should be a whole lot of fun.
Cedar Rapids opens this weekend at The Theatres at Canal Place with several showtimes daily – 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, and 10:00.
You can visit The Theatres’ website for more information, directions, movies, and showtimes.
Head on down to Canal Street to check out this film and more.
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