Promoted to the rear of the store,
This review is from: Promotion [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I'll see anything with John C Reilly in it but not even he could do much with this ball of fluff. Retail has so much going for: customers; staff; management; products and you would think that there would be a ton of funny situations and alternate plotlines to weave together for a great movie. In 'The promotion' so much of this was just regarded as light weight situations which were not exploited.
Comedy in particular needs great timing and most of this movie was one missed opportunity after another. Scene after scene had long pauses so that any humorous potential just evaporated. The cast drifted through their lines in a rather limp way: too many takes or not enough I frequently wondered.
I stuck it out to the end and thought maybe the 'Making of' feature might reveal what went wrong. An amazing, almost eighteen minutes, of the cast talking one back-slapping cliché after another. Everyone did a great bang-up job and everyone is soooo talented. Quite embarrassing really.
Maybe next time for writer/director Steven Conrad.