Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Phil Johnston
Starring: Ed Helms, Isaiah Whitlock Jr., John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Root
"There's palm trees, the whole place smells like chlorine...it's like I'm in Barbados or somewhere." Small-town idealist Tim Lippe (Helms) is sent to the big insurance convention after the usual participant dies in an autoerotic asphyxiation accident. He gets his first taste of big city life, and all the glory and debauchery that comes along with it.
It was really strange watching this film during summer blockbuster season, as it's entirely lacking the sheer scope that your typical summer films have. However, that's ultimately what makes the movie work. This is, at the end of the day, watching Ed Helms be a country bumpkin and having to cope with the situation he's been thrown into. It's a bit darker than trailers would lead you to believe, but there's humor, a bit of drama, and most of all, heart. Maybe if word gets out, people can look to this for Ed Helms's talent (as well as that of the supporting cast) instead of something disappointingly mainstream like The Hangover.