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.


(as Steven Conrad)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristopher Lofton ...
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Edwin Walker ...
Fourth Kid in Parking Lot (as Edwin M. Walker)
Jamaal C. Adams ...
Mario Larraza ...
Geremy Webster ...
Tory O. Davis ...
Scott Fargas
Dr. Timms


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 <>

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)  »

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Quebec  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The size of the joint that Richard is smoking on the loading dock changes from when Richard is talking to his wife to when Doug catches him. See more »


[Richard explains to the board of directors the sign that cited the deli clerk as employee of the month for "cutting the cheese."]
Richard: 'Cutting the cheese' simply means 'cutting the actual cheese'. It doesn't have a double-thing? So I just missed it. Because in Canada, it's 'cracking'.
Mitch: The expression.
Richard: It's 'cracking', in Canada, yeah. We crack the cheese.
[Long pause between Richard and the board of directors]
Richard: Cracking it? Cracking the cheese? So I simply, really believed that Rogelio had been given ...
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Written by Christian Salyer and Isaiah Perkins
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A story with depth and charm
19 November 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about two assistant managers of a supermarket fighting for a promotion to become the manager of the new branch.

The two assistant managers, Doug and Richard, are both developed well. They come across as real human beings that I care about. They are both torn between their need to climb up the ladder, but are both restrained by their morals. This soul searching is beautifully depicted, giving the story depth and charm.

I find "The Promotion" to be very well made. It successfully strikes the right balance between dirty office politics, reflections on moral issues and humour. This is really hard, given the fact that the topic of the film is likely to arouse some negative emotions in the viewer's own work place. I really enjoyed watching "The Promotion".

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