Sunday night we saw the premier of Cedar Rapids at Sundance (thank you M for the tickets!). The director is Miguel Arteta, best known for his films The Good Girl and Chuck and Buck. The cast includes Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat (from Arrested Development), and a very funny Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
It was a small, sweet, quirky, funny film. About the midwest. And the insurance industry. And breaking out of your shell. And friendships formed. And the antics that go on at work conferences. I laughed the entire time and I really enjoyed it. It is not going to be a blockbuster or a big money maker, but it will be a funny good film that I recommend you see. I am trying to think of some films to compare it to, but I always struggle with that. Let me think about that and get back to you.
Ed Helms is always funny. Sigourney Weaver has a small but really great role here. I didn't really know Isiah Whitlock, but man did he play a funny character. And John C. Reilly is always such a freak. The whole cast looked like they had a great time making the film.
The fun thing about seeing Sundance films is the energy of the crowd - an enthusiastic audience who really wants to be there. And of course getting to see and hear the Director and the cast and crew at the Q&A session afterward if it is a premier. Spotting celebrities on the stage and in the crowd. Being surrounded by people who live and breathe the film industry. It is fascinating.
If you want to see a trailer, check it out here.
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