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Midwest has never looked as fun as in ‘Cedar Rapids,’ although Ed Helms shows early signs of Michael Cera Syndrome

Cedar Rapids posterCedar Rapids (Now on DVD)

Grade: B

Starring: Ed Helms, Anne Heche, John C. Reilly

Rating: R

I thought going to Ikea with my sister was hell on earth, but it turns out I was wrong, and I’ll never complain about it again. At least it’s not an insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Then again, “what happens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids,” according to Joan Ostrowski-Fox, played by Anne Heche in the 2011 dramedy “Cedar Rapids.” Who knows what kind of weird stuff you might encounter when you head to the “big city.” You might end up making out with a topless babe in a swimming pool, partying with a hooker or spending a little naked time with an industry big shot in the locker room.

(Suddenly I’m feeling a little cheated I didn’t experience any of this at my last journalism convention in Portland, Ore. All I got was explosive diarrhea after having lunch at Taco Bell. Maybe it’s time to move to the upper Midwest?)

In the film, small town insurance agent Tim Lippe, played by Daily Show alumnus Ed Helms, is sent from podunkville, Wisconsin, to the glorious town of Cedar Rapids for an industry convention that culminates with the presentation of the prestigious “two-diamond” award. It’s his job to bring home the trophy, proving that his company is the best in the, well, Iowa-Wisconsin-Minnesota-ish region.

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‘Friends with Benefits’ proves Justin Timberlake is second-worst actor ever behind Roseanne Barr

Friends with Benefits

Grade: C+

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis

Rating: R

Spoiler alert below (but take a wild guess how this one ends)

Just weeks after the critically acclaimed mind-bender “Black Swan” hit theaters, leading lady Natalie Portman appeared on the silver screen opposite Ashton Kutcher in “No Strings Attached”: a movie all about casual sex.

Six months later, her “Black Swan” co-star Mila Kunis appeared in “Friends with Benefits”: a complete rip-off of “No Strings Attached” that, surprisingly, received much better reviews than its counterpart.

Given that all good things come in threes, we know exactly what this means: In about six months we’ll see Vincent Cassel is the classiest movie about sex since “Deliverance.”

Vincent Cassel

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