The Promotion

August 28th, 2008


The Promotion

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Still of John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott in The PromotionStill of John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott in The PromotionMelora Hardin at event of The PromotionStill of John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott in The PromotionSeann William Scott at event of The PromotionFred Armisen at event of The Promotion

Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.8/10 (11,258 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Steve Conrad

Stars: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Chris Conrad

At 33, Doug Stauber is ready for a promotion. He's married, wants to buy a house, and is assistant manager at a Chicago supermarket that's building a new store in his neighborhood. His boss tells him he's a shoo-in to manage the new store, then, a rival appears - Richard Wehlner, transferred from Canada. Richard has a deeper resume than Doug, is really nice, has a wife and daughter, and wants the promotion to manager too. How should Doug behave toward Richard - as a friend, a colleague, a competitor, or an enemy? Richard, it seems, has demons and a past, but with the help of motivational tapes, he's resolved to succeed. Corporate and personal tests await the two men.

Seann William Scott - Doug Stauber
Chris Conrad - Teddy Grahams
Rick Gonzalez - Ernesto
Adrian Martinez - Octavio
Maestro Harrell - First Kid in Parking Lot
Kristopher Lofton - Second Kid in Parking Lot
Jarreau Brown - Third Kid in Parking Lot
Edwin Walker - Fourth Kid in Parking Lot (as Edwin M. Walker)
Jamaal C. Adams - Fifth Kid in Parking Lot
Mario Larraza - Edgar
Geremy Webster - Breden
Tory O. Davis - Keith
Fred Armisen - Scott Fargas
Bobby Cannavale - Dr. Timms
Jenna Fischer - Jen Stauber

Taglines: Two guys. One job. No rules.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 28 August 2008

Filming Locations: S. Greenwood Avenue between 54th & 55th Streets, Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opening Weekend: $30,493 (USA) (8 June 2008) (6 Screens)

Gross: $406,252 (USA) (13 July 2008)

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Did You Know?

Though Donnie Wahls (Nathan Geist) is referred to as a bit too "junior" in the film, in actuality Geist had to pluck gray hairs before each day of filming during production.

Continuity: The size of the joint that Richard is smoking on the loading dock changes from when Richard is talking to his wife to when Doug catches him.

[Richard explains to the board of directors the sign that cited the deli clerk as employee of the month for "cutting the cheese."]
Richard: 'Cutting the cheese' simply means 'cutting the actual cheese'. It doesn't have a double-thing? So I just missed it. Because in Canada, it's 'cracking'.
Mitch: The expression.
Richard: It's 'cracking', in Canada, yeah. We crack the cheese.
[Long pause between Richard and the board of directors]
Richard: Cracking it? Cracking the cheese? So I simply, really believed that Rogelio had been given an inter-deli award... for cutting the actual cheese. I'm sorry.

User Review

Mediocrity at it's most benign

Rating: 6/10

Ever sat through one of those movies that you're hoping something's going to happen - and it doesn't? The Promotion is one such movie. Here's the uninspiring story of two guys - both intent on being promoted within a corporate supermarket franchise.

That's the premise - short and sweet. Naturally there's some tension between both men competing for the position, but overall the humor is weak; the competitive nature of the applicants is unconvincing and the story flat-lines a couple of minutes into the film.

John C. Reilly is the hopeful manager from Canada while the incumbent is Seann William Scott.

There's nothing to it, nothing to expect and with only a hint of infidelity or upheaval, it's best left out of the spotlight - preferably collecting dust someplace in a $1 rental outlet...


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