Gary Thompson: 'Cedar Rapids,' 'Unknown,' 'The Adjustment Bureau' out on DVD

Ed Helms (second from right) with "Cedar Rapids" co-stars (from left) Anne Heche, John C. Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Ed Helms (second from right) with "Cedar Rapids" co-stars (from left) Anne Heche, John C. Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Posted: June 24, 2011

ED HELMS' "Hangover 2" made 40 times as much money and was about half as funny as his indie comedy "Cedar Rapids," released a few months earlier, now on DVD.

Helms stars as an impossibly square guy who attends a regional insurance convention, where he's hazed and ultimately helped by fellow delegates (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr.).

The movie is offbeat and has a good heart - it's unusually generous to its Midwestern characters, and resolves itself in surprising ways.

Most of the surprises in "The Adjustment Bureau" are of the unpleasant variety. This botched adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story stars Matt Damon as a man told by emissaries of God that if he dates Emily Blunt he'll destroy the country, then pursues her anyway. This movie gives selfishness a bad name.

"Unknown" features Liam Neeson in yet another tired riff on the amnesia premise - he wakes up Berlin, and . . . I can't remember what happens.

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