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The Promotion (2008)

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Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.

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Storyline

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>

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Two guys. One job. No rules.

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

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Release Date:

28 August 2008 (Singapore)  »

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Quebec  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$406,252 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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 »

Quotes

[During the motivational retreat, the employees form a circle around the retreat leader. They are instructed to place paper bags over their heads]
Retreat Leader: I want you to take off one thing that you don't need... quickly! Come on.
[Everyone takes off their paper bags, except Richard, who removes his watch. They all stare at Richard, who still has his paper bag over his head]
Retreat Leader: Let's take something else off that you really don't need... right away!
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Soundtracks

Maneater
Written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall, and John Oates
Performed by Clair Marlo (as Clair Marlo and her Orchestra)
Courtesy of Invisible Hand Productions
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Extremely Under rated Film
20 March 2012 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

Many people saying this movie is "uninspired" or "boring" do not understand the type this type of comedy. The reason the characters do not have energy is because they are not supposed to! It is the type of comedy that pokes fun at real life situations. It is meant to bring out the comedy in day to day life. I felt like this was really obvious, but I guess not.

It is great to see a movie that is funny, and does not have to use obscene material to accomplish this. Many comedies now days think if they fill it with curse words, and nudity it makes it funny. I appreciate a comedy that can be funny without having to do this.

If you find Seinfeld funny, I would highly recommend this movie.


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