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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>

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Two guys. One job. No rules.

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Comedy

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

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,493, 8 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$406,252, 13 July 2008
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Though Donnie Wahls (Nathan Geist) is referred to as a bit too "junior" in the film, in actuality Geist had to pluck gray hairs before each day of filming during production. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Richard: We're all just out here trying to get some food... sometimes, we bump into each other.
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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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Well written and realistic ................
2 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The Promotion" could easily have been written as a gross out comedy, in which case it could take it's place among the many failures of that overworked genre. Instead, it is a drama that includes amusing situations, none of which resort to slapstick for laughs. Sensitive performances by both Sean William Scott and John C. Reilly, add immeasurably to the film. There is a feeling that "I've been in situations like this myself". In the end the movie has a lot to say about honesty and relationships. Both main characters elicit sympathy, and the outcome of the supermarket promotion is in doubt until the final deciding interview. - MERK


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