Cedar Rapids Chess Club is a comedy about a trio of middle schoolers and two older guys estranged from their peer group. It's an awkward time for the boys. Elliott's parents are in the midst of a divorce and his dad has left for California. Without a father around, Elliott finds a substitute in Dave, leader of the Cedar Rapids Chess Club. Dave talks about taking control of life but his only lever on fate is a screenplay about NYPD officers who travel back in time to stop 9-11. While struggling to follow his calling, Dave's posturing helps inspire Elliott to start making decisions for himself.