The Promotion

2008 R 1h 25m DVD

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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.
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+
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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 Two uses of the word "negro" (used to mock the out-of-date and insensitive nature of the term).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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