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The Promotion (2008)

R | | Comedy | 13 June 2008 (USA)
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Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.


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At 33, Doug Stauber is ready for a promotion. He's married, wants to buy a house, and is assistant manager at a Chicago supermarket that's building a new store in his neighborhood. His boss tells him he's a shoo-in to manage the new store, then, a rival appears - Richard Wehlner, transferred from Canada. Richard has a deeper resume than Doug, is really nice, has a wife and daughter, and wants the promotion to manager too. How should Doug behave toward Richard - as a friend, a colleague, a competitor, or an enemy? Richard, it seems, has demons and a past, but with the help of motivational tapes, he's resolved to succeed. Corporate and personal tests await the two men. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two guys. One job. No rules.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quebec  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,493 (USA) (6 June 2008)


$406,252 (USA) (11 July 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Carrey was briefly interested in the lead role. See more »


Richard Welhner is from Québec, and his car has Québec plates, but vehicles from this province only have license plates on the rear of the vehicle, not on the front. See more »


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An enchanting tale
28 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some comedies make you laugh out loud, but this one makes you smile inside.

A languid tale of competition and two guys just trying to get bye in the world, both afraid of failure and willing to hurt the other to make it but each wrapped up in tragedy and common decency.

It will come as a surprise to many that Seann William Scott can actually act and he has real if understated presence in this.

John C Reilly is his usual excellent self but it is the tale that is the real star.

It is easy to make a comedy based on physical slapstick or outrageous language and acts. This one relies on a script and rhythmn and a gentleness of heart.

Without ever threatening to split one's sides, it is a nice film and well worth a watch.

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