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The Promotion
The Promotion
Actors: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Chris Conrad, Rick Gonzalez, Adrian Martinez
Director: Steve Conrad
Genres: Comedy
R     2008     1hr 26min

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...  more »

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Actors: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Chris Conrad, Rick Gonzalez, Adrian Martinez
Director: Steve Conrad
Creator: Steve Conrad
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Weinstein Company
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Neil O. (ntrdinc) from CLOVIS, CA
Reviewed on 5/12/2015...
This movie is hilarious!

It is a must see for comedy film enthusiasts.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 12/2/2012...
Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly are hilarious in this film about getting ahead in a basically dead end job. It is witty and well written, well worth watching again and again!
Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 3/2/2011...
THE PROMOTION is absolutely nuts!!This was the most fun I've had watching a movie in a long while. There are so many laugh out loud moments that you appreciate the subtle mix of comedy and drama, avoiding the heavy handed route.

Richard and Doug are up for the same promotion and both of them are not happy. Richard and his wife live in an apartment with walls so thin, his neighbors tell him when it's time to make love to his wife. Richard dreams of buying a house and the promotion will make that dream happen.

Doug has moved here from Canada and listens to self-motivational tapes on a walkman and smokes pot on the job.

THE PROMOTION isn't everyone's cup of tea. But if you want to relax and laugh your ass off, this is the movie for you!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joven Q.
Reviewed on 5/19/2009...
Some comedy ! More of a workplace drama ?
0 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Was I The Better Man?" ~ Dignity, Respect And Competition I
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 09/23/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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."
"My Grocery List Didn't Include Sexual Harassment, But Thank
Erica J. Dymond | Bethlehem, PA USA | 11/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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). No matter what your position in life, no matter what your career, you should find some slice of yourself here.

This is a very clever, surprisingly nuanced, and entirely relatable work. It was both strangely touching (Riley dancing in the vacant store was surprisingly painful) and yet comedic (the Teddy Grahams stalker seemed to turn into a demented "Where's Waldo"). Can you ask for more?

If you want to see Seann William Scott in a more mature, more challenging role, this film may be a good choice. (Who knew he had it in him??!!) I hope more of these complex roles come his way!

The closest film to which I can compare Conrad's The Promotion is Forster's Stranger Than Fiction. Though there isn't much one can call "existential" in this piece, there is a similar emotional dynamic. So, if you've ridden that particular roller-coaster and found it gratifying, you may enjoy this one.

P.S. This film made me reexamine my approach to comment-cards. It think I'm going to start peppering-in some expletives ... just for fun ... but only on the positive ones!!"
Foodandwinenerd | Denver, CO | 06/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!!!!"