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The Promotion (2008)

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

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(as Steven Conrad)

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(as Steven Conrad)

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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:

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

Gross:

$406,252 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 2007, but was pushed back to June 2008 to add new scenes featuring Masi Oka's cameo appearance. See more »

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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 »

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[Richard struggles to assemble a ship in a bottle while his motivational tape plays in the background]
Motivational Speaker: Have you ever seen an eagle blow his top? Do your best to keep your cool.
Richard: Stay loose...
[the ship tips over when Richard places his tweezers near it]
Richard: Fuck!
Motivational Speaker: Every life has its frustrations, but be careful not to let them get the best of you in front of your family. Instead of curses, find a more family-friendly way to express life's frustrations.
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Soundtracks

Fly Like an Eagle
(1976)
Written by Steve Miller (as Steven H. Miller)
Performed by Steve Miller Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film and Television Music
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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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