The Promotion (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Promotion (2008)



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

Movie Info

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 Canada, announces he's also applying for the management position, and a keen rivalry develops between Doug and Richard even as they strive to act like friends on the surface. As the competition grows between the two, their personality flaws become increasingly evident -- Doug's short temper, Richard's history of drug abuse -- and when Richard's wife (Lili Taylor) leaves him, the contest starts taking an uncomfortable turn. The Promotion also stars Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows, and Bobby Cannavale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language including sexual references, and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Steve Conrad, Steven Conrad
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2008
Box Office: $0.4M
Weinstein Company


Seann William Scott
as Doug Stauber
Bobby Cannavale
as Dr. Mark Timms
Chris Conrad
as Teddy Grahams
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Critic Reviews for The Promotion

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (28)

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer


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

Richard C

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.


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