Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.
- Second Kid in Parking Lotas Second Kid in Parking Lot
- (as Kristopher Lofton)
- Fourth Kid in Parking Lotas Fourth Kid in Parking Lot
- (as Edwin M. Walker)
Scott is Doug Stauber, a regular guy with a regular job at a supermarket and he's looking to get a promotion to store manager. He sees a career and a simple but comfortable life with his young wife and their dream of a small home and a happy family. He's a good guy and he works hard, and we want him to get the job.
The simplicity of his character is illustrated in a charming interaction with his wife, where she assures him that things will be okay, she can get a job and help them make money.
Doug: "I wanna be the primary breadwinner, Jen."
Jen: "Female lions do the hunting "
Doug: "I'm not a lion, I'm a guy "
But then a Richard Wehlner, a charming Canadian transfer, arrives and they each realize that they are both seeking the same position. Richard has more experience than Richard and is probably more qualified for the job, and he also has his own wife and daughter and is also a great guy. Doug and Richard respect and even like each other, which makes their competition genuinely interesting.
The movie centers on each man's inability to figure out how they are supposed to respond to and treat each other. They both want to be amiable and friendly, but they each realize that they have to destroy the other's hopes in order to achieve their own. The escalation of their competition and the gradual collapse of their formality is far more than I had expected from the movie, and the best way that the movie succeeds is that it makes us want to root for both of them.
I noticed another user said on the IMDb that the movie was like an attempt to "pull a Jim Carrey or Will Farrell." This person has missed the point of the movie so completely and so ridiculously that it's difficult for me to believe that he actually watched it. The Promotion is a smart movie starring two guys best known for doing not very smart comedy. All have made a step forward here and they should be recognized for it. Bravo!
- Dec 8, 2008