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The Promotion (movie)
'The Promotion'

Screenwriter Steve Conrad likes his protagonists to suffer a little en route to finding a better place and not in the usual sitcomic ways. He writes distinctive dialogue -- tart, off-kilter, full of odd little details (as in his offbeat script for the Nicolas Cage starrer "The Weather Man" and in the more conventional, true-life tale "The Pursuit of Happyness"). In "The Promotion," Conrad makes his feature film directorial debut. The script is his, narrated by Doug, a mid-level Chicago supermarket employee played by Seann William Scott. His future as manager of a new store is threatened by the new guy down from Canada. His name's Richard, and besides being...

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