Promotion

The Promotion

Director: Steven Conrad

Cast: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer

     
 
A war of wills takes place between two men who want to run the same grocery store in this offbeat comedy from writer and director Steven Conrad. Doug (Seann William Scott) is a seemingly ordinary guy who works as the assistant manager of a supermarket near Chicago. When the owners of the market

Overview

A war of wills takes place between two men who want to run the same grocery store in this offbeat comedy from writer and director Steven Conrad. Doug (Seann William Scott) is a seemingly ordinary guy who works as the assistant manager of a supermarket near Chicago. When the owners of the market announce they're opening a new branch near Doug's neighborhood, he applies to become manager of the new store, and both he and his wife (Jenna Fischer) assume he's a shoo-in to get the job. But Richard (John C. Reilly), a gregarious recent hire at the store who has relocated to Illinois from Canada, announces he's also applying for the management position, and a keen rivalry develops between Doug and Richard even as they strive to act like friends on the surface. As the competition grows between the two, their personality flaws become increasingly evident -- Doug's short temper, Richard's history of drug abuse -- and when Richard's wife (Lili Taylor) leaves him, the contest starts taking an uncomfortable turn. The Promotion also stars Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows, and Bobby Cannavale.

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Even with Judd Apatow's name appearing nowhere on it, The Promotion has the flavor of an Apatow film -- due in part to the presence of Apatow collaborators John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer, but also because the writer/director/producer's stamp seemed to be on all mainstream comedies released circa 2008. However, a number of things anchor The Promotion in the hit-and-miss world of independent comedy, most notably, its serious case of multiple-protagonist disorder. This supermarket comedy starts out as the story of Seann William Scott's managerial hopeful, whose perspective is pretty much cemented by the fact that he narrates the film. As classically structured, Reilly would play his rival as a backstabbing kiss-ass, whose surface polish masks his nasty soul. Weirdly, though, Reilly's character quickly becomes the butt of more practical jokes than the supposed protagonist -- some of them instigated by Scott's character himself -- and the audience is forced into the strange position of rooting against the underdog. Truth is, both candidates are really underdogs for this position, which gets at the underlying falsity of the setup. Neither the naïve simpleton who has only half recovered from a serious drug problem, nor the guy with temper problems who Maces a teenage punk in the parking lot without just cause would ever be considered for the top job at an upscale grocery chain's new flagship store. In fact, they'd probably be lucky to stick around as stock boys. The Promotion is cast well, also featuring Jason Bateman, Fred Armisen, and Lili Taylor as Reilly's inexplicably Irish wife, but writer-director Steven Conrad just doesn't provide a well-structured story on which to drape their talents. Mix in some uncomfortable racial politics related to the Macing incident, and The Promotion is a mixed bag, to put it generously.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
UPC:
0796019814713
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
58,588

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Feature commentary by writer/director Steven Conrad, producers Jessika Borsiczky Goyer and Steven A. Jones; Making the Promotion; The Promotional webisodes; Outtakes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seann William Scott Doug
John C. Reilly Richard
Jenna Fischer Actor
Lili Taylor Actor
Fred Armisen Actor
Gil Bellows Actor
Bobby Cannavale Actor
Rick Gonzalez Actor
Chris Conrad Actor

Technical Credits
Steven Conrad Director,Screenwriter
Jessika Borsiczky Goyer Producer
Steven A. Jones Producer
Susan Kaufmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Myron Kersten Editor
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Doug Meerdink Art Director
Mickey Paskal Casting
Jennifer Rudnicke Casting
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
Scott D. Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Streeto Editor
Bruce Terris Asst. Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Martin Whist Production Designer
Alex Wurman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Promotion
1. Where Customers Come First [5:31]
2. A New Assistant Manager [4:11]
3. Lot Duty [3:51]
4. Interdepartment Award [4:14]
5. Richard Was on Deli [3:58]
6. "Cracking" the Cheese [4:09]
7. Watch the Assumptions [5:07]
8. Sneaking the Cards [5:08]
9. I'd Like You to Read Them [3:02]
10. The Tater Tot Incident [2:19]
11. Immigrants From Insaneland [4:18]
12. Some Black Apples [3:50]
13. Sylvia's Clam Sauce [5:27]
14. A Lie-Wish [5:18]
15. in Front of Customers [3:30]
16. Do-Good & Dodo [8:37]
17. Waiting Around [2:46]
18. End Credits [5:02]

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