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Genre Comedy
Running Time 86 min
Release Date Feb 11, 2011
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Cedar Rapids

After the death of his professional mentor, a small-town, shy, naive Wisconsin insurance agent must represent his company at a regional insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his mind is blown by the big city experience.

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Feb. 18, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris/Globe Staff

For the last 10 years, American comedy has been passing through a moment in which cunning, ambition, intelligence, and glamour have lost their value. We’re now laughing at the idiots, naïfs, cavemen, fools, nerds, and schlubs who make our television shows, sign our paychecks, or live in our suburbs. NBC has devoted its entire Thursday night lineup to the lunacy of the exceptionally dumb, eccentric, or incompetent. But its shows — even the bad ones, like “Outsourced’’ — along with “Modern Family’’ on ABC are notable for their sideways optimism. They occupy a transitional place between the George W. Bush administration and Barack Obama’s: Even failure is something to believe in.

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