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The Promotion (2008)

Seann William Scott , John C. Reilly , Steve Conrad  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Chris Conrad, Rick Gonzalez, Adrian Martinez
  • Directors: Steve Conrad
  • Writers: Steve Conrad
  • Producers: Ben Ormand, Bob Weinstein, Christina Varotsis, Harvey Weinstein, Jessika Borsiczky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AR0CUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Promotion" on IMDb

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In a hilarious take on life in mid-management hell, two junior managers at a Chicago grocery store vie for a coveted promotion, while their wives and their co-workers can only stand back and watch how far the one-upmanship will go to get the job done.

In its low-key, offbeat way, The Promotion represents such a relief from the onslaught of raucous, anything-for-a-yok comedies that one can't help feeling grateful. This directorial debut of Steve Conrad, who wrote the Will Smith comedy-drama The Pursuit of Happyness, offers a lot to like--ingratiating performances, some funny scenes and knowing touches, and actually being about something: the real-world dilemmas that go with needing a job and having a hard time getting or hanging on to one. But "low-key" is a friendly way of saying the movie's a mite slack, and the trouble with "offbeat" is that you can't always be sure there is a beat. Chief location is a scuffed-up supermarket in an inner-city Chicago neighborhood "where customers come first, even customers who are nuts," and local youth in the parking lot bedevil shoppers and staff out of boredom. The assistant manager, Doug (Seann William Scott, far from Stiffler mode), aspires to be given charge of a new, slightly more upscale market the company is opening. He's encouraged to believe he has the inside track--except who's this guy Richard (John C. Reilly), freshly emigrated from Canada and suddenly competing for the promotion in a deferential, north-of-the-border fashion that can't even be called passive-aggressive?

The stars deliver shaded performances that never turn buffoonish--even Reilly's aria of comic desperation in which the phrase "bad apples" takes an irretrievably ruinous turn as he speaks with some black civic leaders. They get yeoman support from Jenna Fischer and Lili Taylor in the underwritten roles of the rivals' wives, Fred Armisen as the guys' feckless superior, Gil Bellows as a psychobabbly corporate exec, and Jason Bateman in a cameo as a motivational speaker working a company picnic. --Richard T. Jameson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Doug Stauber (Seann William Scott) and Richard Wehlner (John C. Reilly) find themselves competing for the same managerial position. Where most films would have one clearly likable character pitted against another nefarious one, this work takes no such short-cut. Herein resides the beauty of this piece. The Promotion is as much a drama as it is a comedy.

Just a short caveat: This is not your typical comedy, so the exposition may throw you off. Nonetheless, after the first ten minutes the film's playfulness begins to peek through ... and by the twenty-minute mark, the viewer is thoroughly engrossed. So, just let go of all assumptions and let Conrad (the director) guide your feelings.

At times, this piece is genuinely hysterical: the comment-cards, the shopping-cart gag, the parking-lot gangs ... all funny. At other times, it's deliberately uncomfortable: both men need this advancement, both men have families, both have our sympathies. The moments of tension are fairly intense. The betrayals are almost heart-crushing. But even in its darkest moments (there are a few), the viewer never wants to abandon the film. Its complexity is what makes this work so appealing!

Hey, I knew it was a great film when I heard Public Image Limited on the soundtrack (just had to say that). But it is the small details that add a touch of reality: the well-intended but entirely annoying neighbors (who play the banjo), the myopic supervisor (who thinks every minor infraction will bring-about the apocalypse), the sticker name-tags worn at company-retreats (though everyone knows each others' names), and the bizarre mantra that the customer is always right (even if they concuss you with a Yoo-Hoo bottle).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! June 8, 2009
Wow! It has been a LONG time since I have seen such a clever, touching, absolutely hilarious movie! Bravo to Seann William Scott. I didn't know he had it in him. John C. Reilly, as usual, does not disappoint. My first introduction to him came with "Boogie Nights," and everytime I've seen him since I have been in awe of him. This movie is more than worth it!!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
With the likes of Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly leading the way ones initial response is this is going to be a great "guy film" filled with crazy, insane behavior and lots of scantily clad young ladies. If that's the evening you had in mind this is not the movie for you. The '08 film `The Promotion' is a rather wistful, slow moving story of the innate desire to succeed in the workplace yet remain true to who you are and what you want to believe about yourself. In other words it posits the question "Can you retain your self-respect and dignity while striving for upward mobility and financial security?"

Watching this rather unexpectedly low key film I found it somewhat disconcerting at times. Previously conditioned by other films I've seen with Scott and Riley I found myself anticipating something hilarious to occur and it simply never happens. When I finally came to the realization that this was to be something totally different for these two and attuned myself with the pace and theme as presented I discovered it was actually quite good though subdued. I guess that's my way of giving `The Promotion' a tentative approval.

Don't bother to invite the guys over for this one, save it for a quiet evening at home with the wife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars saw it at the Jacksonville Film Fest September 19, 2008
I saw this piece at the Jacksonville Film Festival. I enjoyed the film, I thought it was cleverly written and before I noticed the review on the website, I thought they used the F-word very well. Then I went on their site and noticed the previews mentioned the same opinion, anyways, Seann William Scott is definitely not type cast and John C. Riley is an extremely talented focus actor. I enjoyed watching this in the theater and I will be renting it tonight!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe's Review September 9, 2009
Seann William Scott is excellent in this movie. John C Reilly & Jenna Fischer are underused. Also Lili Taylor's Scottish accent, is one of the worst I have ever heard!! ON an overall opinion though, the movie is a nice tale about one man's efforts to better himself, not only for himself, but for the sake of his family. Scott's on sccreen chemistry with Reilly, really makes this movie work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie... November 13, 2010
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I read a lot of mixed reviews on this movie before I bought it...Some good and some bad and some in the middle...I decided to buy it anyways because im a fan of the actors in it...I think that it is a really good movie but it is a different kind of comedy...It's not one of those movies that is constantly trying to bust out the "HAHA" every five seconds...I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh...Honestly though, You have to know that with Sean William Scott in this that it is going to be funny :) I mean he is just a naturally funny guy and when he gets on the screen all bets are off. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh and this is a great movie to add to your collection :) Promise!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect
This was an incredibly surprisingly good film - I say incredibly surprisingly, because there is a typical trope in american comedies - two guys competing for a role/job/something,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Bentley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
It's ok
Published 3 months ago by Jacky
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Such a surprise. Saw this movie on Netflix I think, and just checked it out on a whim. It's hilarious and original. John C Reilly is brilliant. Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you know anything about working in retail, this movie will really hit home to you. It's just simply hilarious.
Published 6 months ago by Della Quantrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Real-life supermarket experience
I was amused when I first saw this movie while flipping channels one day. I had a hard time finding this film and I'm glad I found it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by AmazonFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Climb the ladder of success!
A nice mix of satire, drama and silliness you've come to expect from the comedic talents of Scott and Reilly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by kc gizmo
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
it is just a great movie, would watch again and again, a classic to be enjoyed by the entire family
Published 12 months ago by Robocop2609
3.0 out of 5 stars A comical way too expliane the craziness of a work day
The 2 lead actors work well together. The compliment each others style. Its worth a watch, it explains the reasons why some people behave the way they do in the work place. Read more
Published 15 months ago by My*glass*slipper
2.0 out of 5 stars blah
Boring...not entertaining. Plot was horrible....thumbs down.
I would not recomend. Disappointed in the cast. Just a really bad movie. Remove.
Published 18 months ago by tommy lee howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Product Looks Good!!!
Condition of this new product is excellent & this movie really looks like it will be funny & good also!!!
Published 18 months ago by Jimmy C.
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