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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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Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)

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Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)

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Cast

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 Tory O. Davis ... Keith
Fred Armisen ... Scott Fargas
Bobby Cannavale ... Dr. Timms
Jenna Fischer ... Jen Stauber
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Dimension Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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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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[Following the incident where Doug sprays mace at a gang member, he gives his apology speech to the community]
Doug Stauber: We understand that the young men involved in the incident are not good examples of the community, but are troublemakers, who there are a lot of everywhere in this day. The incident was unfortunate for both parties, but we won't let a few bad apples spoil the batch. You can be sure of that. Thank you for coming.
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Turn It On
(1993)
Written by Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, and Ronald Jones
Performed by The Flaming Lips
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Lots of nice surprises, too bad the right audience may never find it
20 June 2009 | by bob_megSee all my reviews

My first clue that "The Promotion" might have a little more below the surface than the usual Seann William Scott junior gag fest was the trailer...it didn't have too much easy humor and the plot seemed genuinely human, and even sensitive. Then there was the fact it was released by Miramax spin-off Dimension, an imprint more well known for horror movies than anything else. Something was up.

After seeing the film, I am pleased to say that lurking under the veneer of a slightly stupid mass-market comedy is a deftly knowing little indie movie waiting to surface.

The bad part of course is --- I don't know if many who would like the film will see it. It reminded me a little of "The Good Girl" with Jennifer Anniston. It was well scripted, rather slowly paced, and relied more on the script and storyline for laughs rather than leaning too heavily on the star-power of it's two principles.

The scene at the team-building retreat (dead-on if you've ever been to one) is a prime example. Yeah, there are a few pratfalls, but most of the time you're shriveling in your seat feeling horribly for John Reilly.

He's always been incredible at cutting to the human core of all his characters and he really shines in this part. You don't feel sorry for him as much as you feel empathy. And that's not the easiest thing to do with this character, who is far from lily white. As for Scott, he is definitely growing into an accomplished character actor and it's refreshing to see him tackle something this gray and still turn in a resonating performance. Some of the reviewers see him as a "wimp"....well, that's a bit too easy. I see him as distinctly human.

I'm also surprised that this comes from Steve Conrad, whose prior scripts I've always thought of as a bit heavy on the syrup. Nothing is forced here. Yeah, not much happens...this is a slice of life movie, albeit one with a funny crust.

It really is a shame it wasn't marketed a bit differently. It sucks to go into a movie expecting something and getting nothing close to what you expected out of it. Which, fortunately for me this time, wasn't the case.


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