Cedar Rapids is a quirky comedy that mixes two common cinema basics: the mismatched buddy movie & the fish-out-of-water scenario. With hints of "The Hangover" and "Napoleon Dynamite", Cedar Rapids has the same off beat feel as "Little Miss Sunshine". Perhaps not as downright funny as one might expect given the cast & setup, it successfully shows the main characters grow beyond their stereotypical roots, and as such you learn to love them all the more for that.
Tim is an insurance salesman from Brown Valley, Wisconsin but unlike most people in the insurance business he's a good guy - too good for a profession dominated by sharks! His boss sends Tim to a convention in Cedar Rapids to capture a prestigious award for the company but for the mild mannered and quiet Tim, Cedar Rapids is like Vegas!! Add to the mix an loud, obnoxious, opinionated John C Reilly as his room mate, a couple of female love intrests (a prostitute & a married woman) plus the under-hand dealings Tim has to learn to acquire the much sought after award then the film reveals its slow-release charm
The humour in Cedar Rapids is sometimes hit-or-miss, but there are more hits than misses and the film's strength lies in character interaction. The bonding between Tim and Dean, (played by a scene stealing John C Reilly) is predictable but both actors play it well.