The Promotion
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A war of wills takes place between two men who want to run the same grocery store in this offbeat comedy from writer and director Steven Conrad. Doug (Seann William Scott) is a seemingly ordinary guy who works as the assistant manager of a supermarket near Chicago. When the owners of the market announce they're opening a new branch near Doug's neighborhood, he applies to become manager of the new store, and both he and his wife (Jenna Fischer) assume he's a shoo-in to get the job. But Richard (John C. Reilly), a gregarious recent hire at the store who has relocated to Illinois from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"The Promotion may not be much, and you get to know that supermarket uncomfortably well by the end of the 85 minutes. But as I say: He's an interesting writer."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The Promotion works as a comedy because, in the depths of our dark hearts, we enjoy seeing the woes that beset our comic antagonists."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"A bit Alexander Payne social satire, a bit Mike Judge's "Office Space," "The Promotion" keeps the laughter mostly low-key while addressing deflating truths about occupational angst -writer/director Steve Conrad's sturdy thematic stock-in-trade."
‑ Nick Rogers,
" odd yet compelling comedy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
" and intelligent..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"By taking the time to make that connection with the audience, The Promotion ensures we'll forgive these guys anything -- and laugh along with them -- in their quest to advance their lots."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"This is one of the more original movies of the year, and it's the rare film that's primarily about the workplace."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Sort of a Dilbert riff, only lower on the food chain."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A work-retreat sequence is hilarious, thanks to a scene-stealing supporting bit from Jason Bateman. And Reilly's convincing portrayal of the somewhat self-destructive Richard does make the whole thing watchable."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Easily one of the freshest, funniest comedies of the year."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A nice little comedy about what it takes to climb the corporate ladder and the toll such actions take on the psyche of a decent individual."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The directorial debut of Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad, The Promotion carries a deadpan corporate-absurd whiff of Office Space but never quite scans."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"The Promotion does sacrifice some comedy in its attempt at depth."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Two things are missing in this debut directing effort from writer Steve Conrad - a sufficient number of jokes and anybody worth rooting for."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The Promotion is generally harmless but boring."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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