Any film that stars Ed Helms and John C. Reilly is automatically on my list of movies to watch out for, but the fact that their upcoming flick, “Cedar Rapids,” was asked to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival just makes it all the more intriguing. It’s the first film to really feature Helms on his own, despite the fact that he has a great supporting cast. Best known for his roles in “The Office” and “The Hangover,” it’s nice to see Helms get his own starring vehicle.
And a starring vehicle, it should be noted, in which his character beds both Anne Heche and Sigourney Weaver. “My character in the movie does come out of his shell in some interesting ways,” Helms told MTV News at Sundance. “He’s a very stunted and sheltered man. [Co-star] Anne [Heche] drags him kicking and screaming into maturity.”
Helms himself, conversely, jumped at the chance to take on his first starring vehicle, in which he plays a character somewhat similar to Andy in “The Office” (aka a bit naïve and immature). The actor met with Phil Johnson, the screenwriter, and all he needed to hear from him was the pitch to be ready to sign up for the film.
“I was on board from before the script even existed,” he said. “He had this idea that he liked me for and I read one of his other scripts and thought he was a genius, so we kind of hunkered down and I helped creatively, but he really executed the script, and then people just kind of started getting on board.”
Is “Cedar Rapids” a film you’re looking forward to seeing?