The Promotion

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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 ofThe 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 75
    There are enough laughs to justify it being labeled as a comedy but a stronger storyline than one normally associates with this kind of film. It's an enjoyable diversion amidst the big guns of summer.
  2. It's totally down-to-earth, as real as a trip to the supermarket.
  3. 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. There's still a lot to like here, but ultimately the movie reflects its hapless hero a little too well. While we're constantly rooting for it to succeed, the finish line seems forever out of reach.
  5. At its best, The Promotion offers a sympathetic view of ordinary people caught on the hamster wheel of corporate politics.
  6. 50
    It's one of those off-balance movies that seems searching for the right tone.
  7. 0
    Easily the worst movie I've seen so far this year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  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 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. Collapse
  2. Feb 2, 2016
    9
    This was actually a pretty good movie with some funny moments. Liked it!

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    This was actually a pretty good movie with some funny moments. Liked it!

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  3. 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 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
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    8
    This was an incredibly surprisingly good film - I say incredibly surprisingly, because there is a typical trope in american comedies - twoThis was an incredibly surprisingly good film - I say incredibly surprisingly, because there is a typical trope in american comedies - two guys competing for a role/job/something, escalation and friendly rivlary turns into fierce chaos.
    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.
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  5. 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.
  6. 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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