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Funny under-the-radar movie.

on 4/19/2012

This movie is really funny. It's odd, but in a really good way. Very under-rated movie in my opinion. Read More

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 208289932
UPC 796019814713
UPC 14 00796019814713
Format DVD
Release Date 8/9/2011
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note THE PROMOTION is a low-key, deader than deadpan comedy-drama that fans of THE OFFICE should love. The film stars Sean William Scott (AMERICAN PIE) and John C. Reilly (TALLADEGA NIGHTS) as assistant managers dueling for the same promotion within their Chicago-area grocery chain. Doug (Scott) is initially so sure the job is his that he takes all sorts of financial risks to impress his wife (Jenna Fischer); Richard (Reilly) is a transfer from Canada with an addiction to self-help tapes, plus a druggie biker past he needs to keep under wraps as the interview process heats up and the undercutting begins. ^Writer-director Steve Conrad continues exploring his fascination with how average Americans measure themselves and fight for their slice of the pie, a study he began in his acclaimed screenplays for THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS and THE WEATHER MAN. As a director he's too caustic and straight-faced to be his generation's Frank Capra, but maybe that just reflects the more complex times. THE PROMOTION captures an America in regression, a land where once-certain futures are suddenly up for grabs, and the film's cagey shifts from improv-style comedy to personal drama keep one guessing all the way to the finish line. Sporting a fetching Scots accent as Richard's better half, the diminutive Lili Taylor (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, THE ADDICTION) steals what scenes she can. The usually extroverted Scott gets props for playing his emotional cards close to the vest this time, but can't match Reilly for hangdog goofball timing.
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "PROMOTION gets by on nudge-wink observations and Scott's easy charm." 05/01/2012
Steve Conrad
Seann William Scott
John C. Reilly
Cast & Crew
Seann William Scott - Star
Fred Armisen - Star
Rick Gonzalez - Star
Gil Bellows - Star
Lili Taylor - Star
Chris Conrad - Star
Bobby Cannavale - Star
John C. Reilly - Star
Jenna Fischer - Star
Larry Sher - Director of Photography
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Steven A. Jones - Producer
Jessika Borsiczky Goyer - Producer
Alex Wurman - Composer
Steve Conrad - Screenwriter
Steve Conrad - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 81471
UPC 00796019814713
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 86 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Widescreen, Spanish, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Scott,Seann William
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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