I usually don’t get to watch a film in the same year it comes out. I live in a small, conservative community and frankly, our choice of films is limited. Fortunately, I got to view Cedar Rapids last night. Every time I’ve thought about it today, I’ve smiled. It’s a story of a mild-mannered insurance agent who rarely left his small town. He suddenly has an opportunity to go to an insurance convention in Cedar Rapids and reluctantly goes. The first clue the audience gets that this insurance may have another facet to his personality is that he has a once-a-week sexual encounter with a teacher he had when he was twelve. Sigourney Weaver plays the teacher and it’s one of the best roles in which I’ve seen her. At any rate, the insurance agent ends up at the convention, quickly widens his horizons then teaches the insurance industry about integrity.
The film has an R rating probably because just about every vice occurs at this convention except for bestiality. Still, it’s hilarious. It’s a great story and while the characters may be a bit stereotyped, they fit well into plot. In addition to Sigourney Weaver, Ann Heche did an outstanding job as a fun-loving, married insurance agent who helps corrupt the hero. I highly recommend it.