The Promotion
The Promotion (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a workplace-related theme worthy of satire, The Promotion features some sharp witticisms but ultimately disappoints.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

The Promotion works as a comedy because, in the depths of our dark hearts, we enjoy seeing the woes that beset our comic antagonists.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is one of the more original movies of the year, and it's the rare film that's primarily about the workplace.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Sort of a Dilbert riff, only lower on the food chain.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

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.

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Jeremy Heilman

The Promotion does sacrifice some comedy in its attempt at depth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Alexis Nomm
I wanted this movie to be so much more than what it was. I felt like it was a wasted cast. It was a boring Step Brothers with out Will Ferrell. The whole movie… More
Nicki Marie
Good, light, funny movie, perfect for a quiet evening at home. I can see this is not rating too well, but I actually quite enjoyed it.
Richard C
not a really hilarious movie but it has funny parts and has a good story and is entertaining. B
Manu Gino
It was sometimes hilarious times when you can't help but laugh at thise stupid scenes but the movie itself is quite short and leaves u in complete awe.… More
Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Gil Bellows, Fred Armisen, Lili Taylor, Jenna Fischer , Nathan Adloff Doug and Richard, two assistant managers at a… More
Arash Xak
Deadpan humour when most of the jokes simply don't work & Seann William Scott is terrible here & I usually like him, Overall the movie has its… More