If one knew nothing else about The Promotion, Alex Wurman's score would demonstrate that it is a well-meaning comedy in which no one, ultimately, gets hurt. First-time director Steve Conrad (screenwriter of The Pursuit of Happyness) employs John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott as rivals for the job of manager of a supermarket in Chicago. Wurman is no stranger to comic and lighthearted fare, with credits that include previous entries in the comedy universe of Reilly and his off-and-on partner Will Ferrell (Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), though his most notable score in connection with this one may be his music for March of the Penguins. There as here, Wurman manages to be playful and engaging, employing an orchestra to play melodies and create sounds in a warm, engaging manner with a sense of fun. It all comes together at the end in a lengthy piano theme the title of which expresses resolution: "Four Handed Promotion."
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
|The Promotion, film score|