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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
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  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
    Conrad's script surprises at nearly every turn.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Weak plot and moves very slow.. John Riley is a tremendous talent worthy of much better material.