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


Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)


Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Doug Stauber
Chris Conrad ... Teddy Grahams
Rick Gonzalez ... Ernesto
Adrian Martinez ... Octavio
Maestro Harrell ... First Kid in Parking Lot
Kris D. Lofton ... Second Kid in Parking Lot (as Kristopher Lofton)
Jarreau Brown Jarreau Brown ... Third Kid in Parking Lot
Edwin Walker ... Fourth Kid in Parking Lot (as Edwin M. Walker)
Jamaal C. Adams Jamaal C. Adams ... Fifth Kid in Parking Lot
Mario Larraza Mario Larraza ... Edgar
Geremy Webster Geremy Webster ... Breden
Tory O. Davis ... Keith
Fred Armisen ... Scott Fargas
Bobby Cannavale ... Dr. Timms
Jenna Fischer ... Jen Stauber


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 <>

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Two guys. One job. No rules.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »


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 »


[Richard explains to the board of directors the sign that cited the deli clerk as employee of the month for "cutting the cheese."]
Richard: 'Cutting the cheese' simply means 'cutting the actual cheese'. It doesn't have a double-thing? So I just missed it. Because in Canada, it's 'cracking'.
Mitch: The expression.
Richard: It's 'cracking', in Canada, yeah. We crack the cheese.
[Long pause between Richard and the board of directors]
Richard: Cracking it? Cracking the cheese? So I simply, really believed that Rogelio had been given an ...
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Written by John Lydon and Bill Laswell (as William Laswell)
Performed by Public Image Ltd.
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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A little bit unpredictable, a little bit warm (and dark) at the same time
23 September 2008 | by angelsfangSee all my reviews

After watching Mr.Woodcock and Southland Tales, I was really looking forward to Seann William Scott's next production "The Promotion". As I have said before in a previous review, I always felt Seann had the ability to become the next Ben Stiller, and in The Promotion he again shows that Stiller had quite an influence in his delivery style. But The Promotion is not all about slapstick humor, although it had some very good moments. I'm glad that they didn't overdo the toilet humor. The Promotion has a really good message that some people might find cheesy, but I thought it was delivered very well.

John C. Reilly gives a good performance although his character was a bit unpredictable, at first I sort of expected an intense but wacky rivalry like one of Vince Vaughn's treacherous characters, but John played a goofball with some serious cultural clashes. Jenna Fischer was a welcome surprise, I didn't know she was in it and I'm a big fan of her from the US version of The Office. Jenna is a very underrated actress with a natural beauty, a girl next door type of demeanor, and a very pleasant personality. She did well in her part although it was a very typical role. The other characters fit in well, with notable exceptions to the store manager and the executive guy, Mitch, who was very suave and professional throughout the movie.

7/10, it's a good viewing for those who like to laugh, settle down, perceive some rather dramatic or emotional parts, then laugh again.

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Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,493, 8 June 2008

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