Cedar Rapids

Until he pulled out his own tooth as the repressed dentist in The Hangover, Ed Helms wasn't a comic who quite emerged from the Second City/SNL/Groundlings/UCB/Comedy Central pack. Yes, he'd been featured on The Daily Show, and he'd kicked around TV from The Office to Arrested Development. But it was his evolution from mild man to wild man on that fateful bachelor trip to Vegas that earned Helms his breakthrough. Now he's starring in Cedar Rapids, being screened early as a satellite event to the Sundance Film Festival. Helms plays a meek Wisconsin insurance agent who, on his first-ever business convention in exotic, dangerous Iowa, is corrupted by the likes of Anne Heche and John C. Reilly. After the show, director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) will conduct an audience Q&A about his early midlife liberation comedy. Who knew insurance was so risky? Cedar Rapids opens in theaters on Fri., Feb. 11. And you'll have to wait until May 26 for The Hangover Part 2. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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