In this official selection of Sundance 2011, Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) has never left his hometown, never even stayed in a hotel. To say he is sheltered is just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg.
Tim is given his first taste of the sweet life when he is asked to represent his company at an insurance convention in big city Cedar Rapids, Mich. Against his boss' warning, Tim makes friends with the annual conference's notorious troublemaker Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly). Joan Ostrowski-Fox (Anne Heche) and Ronald Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) assist in the weekend of Tim's life.
Cedar Rapids goes for some dirty jokes--not surprising from Helm and Reilly--but is overall a heart-warming tale.