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  • Summary: The Promotion is the story of two mid-level Chicago supermarket employees – Doug and Richard, a dubious new guy from Canada - who compete ruthlessly for a coveted managerial post at a new store location. Doug and Richard could not be more different, but going head-to-head in a contest of wits and will reveals how they have more in common than they once suspected. The duo battle toward a hilarious final showdown that will leave you guessing until the very end. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 75
    The film's refusal to take its characters anything less than seriously makes it cut deeper than a Will Ferrell lampoon.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Conrad's script surprises at nearly every turn.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    As to whether a smart comedy about work and family can itself succeed in a marketplace overrun by idiot farces about reluctant bridesmaids (male and female), shotgun Vegas weddings, and finding or losing Mr./Ms. Right . . . this remains to be seen.
  4. As this sweet, ineffectual comedy follows two sad sacks competing for the job of manager at a new branch of a Chicago grocery chain, it pointedly avoids the raucous bad-boy clowning of the typical Everyguy farce. Think of it as a polite, tightly muzzled "Clerks."
  5. At its best, The Promotion offers a sympathetic view of ordinary people caught on the hamster wheel of corporate politics.
  6. Isn't quite as boring as it sounds, thanks to writer/director Steve Conrad's strong script and decent performances by John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott.
  7. 0
    Easily the worst movie I've seen so far this year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. RyanM
    Jul 5, 2009
    10
    This movie was surprisingly very enjoyable. The two main characters are so serious and driven about the promotion, but the joke is that it's a battle over a grocery position. Very well done, lots of clever subtlety. Makes me thankful I don't work in a grocery store. Expand
  2. MirandaN
    Jul 15, 2008
    8
    It cracked me up. Maybe I've just been in the corporate world for too long, but this movie was very funny. Some of the acting was a little stiff at first, but if you just sit back and enjoy it you'll get a lot of laughs. Expand
  3. JayH
    Aug 27, 2008
    6
    Very well written with solid performances from Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly. It is slow moving at times, but it is entertaining. Likable.
  4. GerardZ
    Sep 13, 2008
    3
    Weak plot and moves very slow.. John Riley is a tremendous talent worthy of much better material.

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