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The Promotion (2008)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 37

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


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 15

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



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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


Drama, Comedy

Steve Conrad

Sep 2, 2008


Weinstein Company

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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (37) | DVD (6)

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

October 18, 2008
Miami Herald
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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The Promotion works as a comedy because, in the depths of our dark hearts, we enjoy seeing the woes that beset our comic antagonists.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This is one of the more original movies of the year, and it's the rare film that's primarily about the workplace.

June 16, 2008
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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.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

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

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: odd yet compelling comedy...

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Two things are missing in this debut directing effort from writer Steve Conrad - a sufficient number of jokes and anybody worth rooting for.

July 10, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune and intelligent...

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Easily one of the freshest, funniest comedies of the year.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

The Promotion is generally harmless but boring.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Fails as a comedy because it's less funny and interesting than it would be to watch stars Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly sitting in lawn chairs and talking for 90 minutes.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Fizzles as a comedy and as an exploration of the stresses of work.

June 20, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

bills itself as a comedy, and elements of it do fall into that category, but at its core, this is an incisive and often merciless deconstruction of the American Dream

June 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Tone and pace are absolutely crucial to comedy. If the tone is wrong or the pace is off - by even a hair - the comedy will shrivel up and die. And that's precisely what happens in The Promotion.

June 14, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Two regular Joes square off in The Promotion, a sly comedy that finds fresh humor in the workplace.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

The Promotion tries for the dry, low-key vibe of Election, but its humor is not so much dry as evaporated.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for The Promotion

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 is beyond frustrating, but it had a happy ending. I don't know. It was just okay.
August 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

not a really hilarious movie but it has funny parts and has a good story and is entertaining. B
July 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Gil Bellows, Fred Armisen, Lili Taylor, Jenna Fischer , Nathan Adloff

Doug and Richard, two assistant managers at a Chicago supermarket chain, battle for the same management position at a new store. Though the two seem to have nothing in common, their battle of wits and will teaches them that they are more alike than they had previously suspected.
Kinda slow. But funny enough to keep you entertained. Plus you can kinda relate to the character's. Not a bad watch.
December 18, 2009

Super Reviewer

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.
August 3, 2009

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