The Promotion (2008)

13 Jun

85m; U.S.

Director: Steve Conrad

Synopsis (Wikipedia): Doug Stauber (Seann William Scott) is the assistant manager of a branch of Donaldson’s, a supermarket chain in Chicago. He believes that he is a “shoo-in” for manager of a Donaldson’s that is scheduled for construction just a few blocks away from his home. Everyday, Doug deals with the pressures of being the assistant manager. Among his ordeals are an unruly gang of black teenagers loitering around the parking lot, the overwhelming amount of negative comments on the customer survey cards he collects (nearly all of which are caused by the gang’s antics), a foreigner who constantly slaps him over a box of Teddy Grahams and the rumors about him being a former Junior Olympics medalist in gymnastics. Then one day, Richard Wehlner (John C. Reilly) and his family move in from Quebec, and he becomes assistant manager alongside Doug.

Over the course of the film, the two men fight for the managerial job, trying to impress the store’s manager Scott (Fred Armisen) and the Donaldson’s board of directors (led by Mitch, played by Gil Bellows). The competition causes strain on their respective marriages. Doug is under financial pressure to get the job because he has begun to buy a house that he cannot afford if he is not promoted while his wife Jen (Jenna Fischer) ponders on going to night school. Meanwhile, Richard’s wife Laurie (Lili Taylor) and daughter leave him to temporarily move to her parents’ home in Scotland when she sees he is losing control and reverting to previous problem behavior.


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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Comedy, Working Class


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