The Promotion

Two guys. One job. No rules.

The Promotion
The low-key comedy is set in a supermarket, where a young recently-married man is keen to get a promotion to manage a new store. However things get complicated when a recovering addict Canadian also arrives, primed to get the same job. Their initial friendship soon devolves into a strife for the opening, as they both really need it. Despite the presence of Sean William Scott, this is not 'American Pie' type humour.

87 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language).
Comedy, Male conflict and bonding.
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Sean William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor, Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows
Steve Conrad
ScreenplaySteve Conrad
MusicAlex Wurman
CinematographyLawrence Sher
EditingMyron I. Kerstein, Tim Streeto
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2008
Produced byDimension Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageVery frequent and pretty strong
SexSome innuendo and sexual references
ViolenceLow impact, disagreements
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThere are some scenes of dope smoking. This movie is unlikely to be of interest to younger viewers.
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
Ivan Sadler
Box Office
Pete Hammond quote iconA smart independent comedy that needs strong marketing to find the kind of savvy audience willing to give this odd duck a fighting chance.
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconIt's one of those off-balance movies that seems searching for the right tone.
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman quote iconThe Promotion is visually flat and the tone wanders, but it’s not venal, it’s not judgmental, it doesn’t require its characters to drop several IQ points to facilitate plot twists and it doesn’t cop out at the end. It’s an odd case of a film whose modest worthiness is bound up in the things it lacks.
James Berardinelli quote iconTo the degree that The Promotion is funny, it's because there's wit in the script.
C. Fuchs quote iconWhile Conrad avoids pegging either character as the good or bad guy (at least that much is a welcome respite from the usual Hollywood trappings), in the end we don't really care about either of them and thus have no reason to want one or the other to succeed or fail. In the absence of clever or witty surroundings, a film like this has to elicit some sort of reaction from the viewer to work.
21 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
73 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWith a workplace-related theme worthy of satire, The Promotion features some sharp witticisms but ultimately disappoints.

What the People say

6341 Netizens quote iconA story with depth and charm.

Average .. 50%



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