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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.

Director:

Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)

Writer:

Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)

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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
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two guys. One job. No rules.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though Donnie Wahls (Nathan Geist) is referred to as a bit too "junior" in the film, in actuality Geist had to pluck gray hairs before each day of filming during production. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[after giving his apology speech at a community center following his incident with a gang at the supermarket, Doug meets with Richard, the board of directors and the community leaders]
First Community Leader: I think everybody is feeling pretty good about it.
Richard: Yeah.
First Community Leader: It's isolated.
Richard: Oh yeah, it's a one-time thing.
First Community Leader: What's that?
Richard: I agree, it's isolated. I think it was just some 'black apples'. We won't be seeing that happen again.
[Long pause between everyone]
First Community Leader: Black apples.
Richard: What's that?
[...]
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An enchanting tale
28 August 2008 | by Oxycute2001See all my reviews

Some comedies make you laugh out loud, but this one makes you smile inside.

A languid tale of competition and two guys just trying to get bye in the world, both afraid of failure and willing to hurt the other to make it but each wrapped up in tragedy and common decency.

It will come as a surprise to many that Seann William Scott can actually act and he has real if understated presence in this.

John C Reilly is his usual excellent self but it is the tale that is the real star.

It is easy to make a comedy based on physical slapstick or outrageous language and acts. This one relies on a script and rhythmn and a gentleness of heart.

Without ever threatening to split one's sides, it is a nice film and well worth a watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$408,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,690
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dimension Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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