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The Promotion
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Oct 2, 2008 By: Jillian Coyle
The Promotion order
Director:
Steve Conrad

Actors:
John C. Reilly
Seann William Scott
Jenna Fischer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Doug (Seann William Scott) is an assistant manager at a grocery store with big plans for his future: a promotion to manager at the new store opening up. He is looking to buy a house with his wife (Jenna Fischer from The Office) so they can move away from their current neighbors, a banjo-playing gay couple. All of this is great until Richard (John C. Reilly) moves to town from Canada, proving we all have a right to hate those damn Canucks stealing our jobs (except JoBlo!). The two go from subtle, passive aggressive tactics to full on beating the crap out of each other.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is one of those movies that easily could have gone either way. Itís a bit slow moving, and itís all about subtle office-style humor (which is probably why Jenna Fischer felt the need to show up for all 10 of her lines). Luckily, the script is decent, and Reilly and Scott shine. The two have great chemistry, and Reillyís pathetic guy trying to get himself together is kind of lovable. I canít help but see Scott as Stiffler, so I expected him to rely on an over the top persona, but Scott did a great job bringing it down to a subtler brand of humor.

Despite the decent acting and writing, the movie starts off a bit slow. Luckily, the voiceover of a horrible self-help tape that Reillyís character listens to helps to move the story along and provides some of the more obvious laughs. Itís definitely a comedy, but itís a more emotionally engaging form of comedy than either of the two main actors has been seen in recently (WALK HARD anyone?) All in all, the most interesting and well-done part is the fact that you root for both men to get the promotion. Itís rare for a writer to manage to make both lead characters equally sympathetic while keeping the relationship between the two competitive and understanding.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Mostly dominated by Steve Conrad, but additional comments by the two producers. Most of it is behind the scenes stuff, but they do a great job commenting on side stories, the actors and the problems that came up with shooting a movie with a lot of outdoor scenes in Chicago. The best comments are from Conrad; I would mute the other two if I could.

Deleted Scenes: Nothing earth shattering here, which is why these scenes were deleted, but there are some funny moments that add to the characters. ďRainbow WorldĒ is a particularly quirky scene for Reilly.

Promotional Webisodes: The first one is a ridiculous conversation between Scott and Conrad with an intro from Conrad about why he started taping all of his calls from Scott. The rest are bits from the movie or random sequences thrown together (like Scott getting lost in Chicago on a Segway. The first one gets boring fast, but the rest are worth watching.

Outtakes: Watch as it takes the actors multiple takes to not laugh at kids with cleft palates.

Thereís also a theatrical trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youíre not stuck in the midst of office politics and need a fix from something other than OFFICE SPACE or if you donít work at a grocery store, you probably wonít remember much about this movie the day after watching it. Rent it if you fall into one of the previous two categories.
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