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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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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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Hardy: Hey, Mr. Wehlner.
Richard: Hey, Hardy. How are you doing?
Hardy: I'm doing good.
Richard: What did you do last night?
Hardy: I went to the movies with my sister.
Richard: You did?
Hardy: Yeah.
Richard: That sounds awesome.
Hardy: Guess what?
Richard: What?
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She Belongs to Me
Written by 'Thomas Deis', 'David Lizmi', Jessica Martins, and 'Dan Molad'
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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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