This review of “Cedar Rapids” and “Elektra Luxx” on Blu-ray and DVD appears on KTKA-49.
When “Cedar Rapids” hit theaters back in February, it barely made a mark at the box office. Maybe it was the fact that most of the movie takes place at an insurance conference in Iowa that kept people away. Or maybe it was because with Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, everyone expected a laugh-out-loud over-the-top comedy and when the few people that did see it didn’t get that, they left disappointed.
Whatever the reason, now’s your chance to catch up with it on Blu-ray and DVD. “Cedar Rapids” is charming little movie with characters that you’ll love spending time with. Helms is again playing the nerd, but he’s not stupid—just naïve. And that’s an important distinction. As he makes some strange new friends and navigates the murky moral waters of the insurance industry’s big ‘what-happens-in-Cedar-Rapids-stays-in-Cedar-Rapids’ weekend, the movie just gets sweeter and sweeter.
Also out on DVD is “Elektra Luxx,” another movie that no one saw in the theaters—except this one was justified. Starring Carla Gugino as an adult film star who is trying to leave the business, this film wastes the talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, and a whole host of fairly well-known actors.
Writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez is all over the map with a bizarre multi-character drama that never really clicks. There’s even that supposedly big moment at the end when all the different storylines converge and the characters are in one spot together, but it’s so forced and awkward that it just reminds you how the rest of the movie was that way too.