The Promotion Reviews
I had not even heard of this so I was shocked that it was 2008. It was on tv the other day so I recorded it for when I was bored. I actually stayed up way later than expected to finish it, which could be a testament that it's at least interesting if not entertaining. I credit most of that to Scott's odd store manager character. He's just fun to watch and I actually wanted to see how things turned out for him. And for such an oddball comedy of sorts, it's quite a cast. Jenna Fischer is his lovely wife. O'Reilly plays opposite Scott. Fred Armisen is in there, as is Bobby Cannavale. And the guy playing the big shot is actually a good cast as well.
Anyway, I watched on Comedy Central so I missed out on a lot of the profanity. Oddly enough, maybe that helped the movie. Instead of being just another lazy, potty-mouthed comedy, I saw the characters. And I thought they were pretty decent and carried the movie to an average status.
This was not that kind of film, and that's what's wonderful about it - it's more inspired by "the pursuit of happyness" than other comedy films of it's ilk. In fact, it's not really correct to call it a comedy - but not drama either.
Instead, you get a nice snippet of two guy's lives, both of whom are essentially nice, have some conflict but ultimately are equally good people, and more or less stay that way. It was a pleasant surprise, and slightly heartfelt.