Trailer and poster for CEDAR RAPIDS starring THE HANGOVER’s Ed Helms

Trailer and poster for CEDAR RAPIDS starring THE HANGOVER’s Ed Helms

Wondering when the next time you’d see Ed Helms on the big screen would be?  THE OFFICE star made a big impression on audiences with the smash hit THE HANGOVER, and is currently finishing up THE HANGOVER 2.  But what do we watch until then?  Well, his new comedy, which is one of the many cool films playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is CEDAR RAPIDS.  The movie is directed by Miguel Arteta (YOUTH IN REVOLT), and co-stars John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche (looking GREAT in this trailer), Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mike O’Malley, Rob Corddry and Seth Morris.  The studio synopsis is as follows:

To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), “naive” is a gross understatement. He’s never left his small hometown. He’s never stayed at a hotel. And he’s never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries. For a guy who plays everything by the book, this convention will be anything but conventional.

Check out the trailer below.  I have a sneaking suspicion this is one of the trailers that’s carefully crafted to make the movie look more funny and outrageous than it really is, but I could be wrong.  Look like your cup of tea?  Tell us in the comments below!

CEDAR RAPIDS opens February 11, 2011

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.