The Promotion

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"Two guys. One job. No rules."
  • R
  • 2008
  • 5.6  (19,594)
  • 51

The Promotion is a 2008 comedy-drama film that follows the story of two assistant managers of a chain grocery store who are competing against each other to secure a promotion as manager of a new store that is opening up. Seann William Scott stars as Doug Stauber, a loyal employee who has worked at the store for years and is optimistic about his chances of getting the promotion. John C. Reilly plays Richard Wehlner, a newcomer to the company who is determined to win the promotion by any means necessary.

The movie starts with Doug and Richard both being informed by their boss, the district manager of the grocery chain, that a new store is opening up, and one of them will be promoted to manager of that store. The rest of the movie follows the two as they try to outdo each other in various ways, including reaching sales targets, pleasing the customers, and sucking up to their boss.

As the competition heats up, Doug and Richard both start to realize the stress and pressure of the job they are trying to get. Doug has to deal with his wife abandoning him and their two kids, while Richard is dealing with his pregnant wife's demands and his own insecurities about his abilities.

The movie is a classic comedy of errors and awkward situations, as the two characters try to one-up each other in increasingly ridiculous ways. In one scene, they both try to get a homeless man to sign up for the store's loyalty program, leading to an absurd and hilarious interaction.

Chris Conrad plays a supporting role as the store's security guard, who initially seems to be on Doug's side but is later revealed to have his own agenda.

The Promotion is a movie that both makes you laugh and makes you feel empathy for the characters. The humor is understated and relies less on slapstick and more on awkward situations and absurd scenarios.

Overall, The Promotion is an enjoyable movie that provides a fresh take on the classic premise of two characters fighting for the same job. The performances by Scott and Reilly are excellent, and the supporting cast also delivers solid performances. The movie is well-paced, with just enough drama and tension to keep the audience engaged without becoming too heavy-handed.

The Promotion is a 2008 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 51.

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