The Promotion (2008)

The Promotion – Two guys. One job. No rules!

The Promotion

Sean William Scott————————————–Doug Stauber
John C. Reilly——————————————–Richard Wehlner
Jenna Fischer——————————————–Jen Stauber
Lili Taylor————————————————Lori Wehlner
Fred Armisen——————————————–Scott Fargas
Jason Bateman——————————————Retreat Leader
Gil Bellows———————————————–Mitch
Adrian Martinez—————————————-Octavio

Directed by Steve Conrad.
Screenplay by Steve Conrad.

The Promotion pits Doug Stauber (Scott) up against Richard Wehlner (Reilly) for manager of the new supermarket which will open in a few months. Doug believes he is “the shoe in” for the job and then along comes Richard and everything goes sideways for Doug. The worst part of trying to prove yourself in this particular supermarket is having to work the parking lot. There we are provided with a little humour and a bunch of swearing from five kids that hang around this parking lot causing Doug nothing but grief. As the decision day gets closer these two front running candidates stop at nothing to make sure they are the new manager. We see some funny moments but for the most part the laughs are too far apart for this film to gain momentum and supply us with good entertainment. This movie had potential but just failed to deliver and the extremely poor box office showing is proof that I am not alone in my thinking.

On a side note, director Steve Conrad, who wrote “The Pursuit of Happyness”, got Chris Gardner the inspiration for that movie to guest star in “The Promotion” as a Chicago community leader.

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Runtime: 86 Minutes

Production Budget: N/A

Box Office
Domestic: $408,709.
Worldwide: $424,030.

CC Rating: 4 out of 10

Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.

Directors’ Previous Movies: Lawrence Melm.

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