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Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly are assistant managers at a Chicago supermarket who both want the top spot at the chain's new store and are put through the hoops over a period of weeks by a glowering board of directors. Chicago native Steve Conrad, who scripted The Weather Man and The Pursuit of Happyness, makes his feature directing debut with this low-budget comedy, which isn't as broad as its premise might suggest. The eat-shit aspects of working at a supermarket have a realistic tang, and as Scott and O'Reilly develop an uneasy friendship amid their rivalry, Conrad steers away from laughs toward a more poignant and downbeat resolution. With Jenna Fischer, Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows, and Lili Taylor. R, 85 min.

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