The Promotion

2008 R 1h 25m DVD

The Promotion

2008 R 1h 25m DVD
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Grocery store assistant manager Doug is up for a promotion to store manager. But when new arrival Richard applies for the same job, the two men go head-to-head in minor battles, often resorting to cruel behavior.
Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor, Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows, Bobby Cannavale, Rick Gonzalez, Chris Conrad
Steve Conrad
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while vulgar and blunt, this comedy -- which stars American Pie alum Seann William Scott -- actually has a surprising amount of heart and is a human-yet-hardened satire of modern corporate America. Much of the film is from the perspective of a character who years for a promotion that he's earned after years of demeaning and dangerous work; as the competition for the coveted position heats up, Doug has to come to terms with what he will -- and won't -- do to get ahead. Language is colorful and frequent (including "f--k" and "p---y"), and there's some drinking, drug use, and sexual content as well.

Sexual Content

Kissing; sexual activity and language overheard through a thin apartment wall, references to homosexuality and auto-eroticism.


Mild comedic scuffling. A character is hit with a (plastic) bottle in the head; a supporting character is sprayed with pepper spray; a character is struck by a flung tater tot.


Fairly constant and inventive language, including "a--hole," "p---y," "s--t," "dick," "bastard," "f--k," "faggot," "titties," and "Jesus." Two uses of the word "negro" (used to mock the out-of-date and insensitive nature of the term).

Social Behavior

Extensive discussion of doing what it takes to get ahead; discussion of Canada's reputation for polite citizenry for comedic, exaggerated affect; some discussion of racial stereotypes. Some flatulence humor, and humor around people's reactions to flatulence humor. Some discussion of Latino laborers as a subculture within the store.


Since the film is set in a grocery store, many brands are visible; at the same time, only a few brands are mentioned by name as they figure into the plot, including "Tater Tots," "Yoo Hoo," and "Pepsi."

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking; a character smokes marijuana twice, and alludes to a past as a drug and alcohol addict.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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