Nothing is more American than family drama, and holiday dinners have gotten particularly ugly in the last couple years thanks to near-violent political disagreements. For his debut feature as director, comic actor Ike Barinholtz (“MADtv”) both wrote and stars in The Oath, a darkly comedic political satire that takes Thanksgiving nightmares to the extreme.
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The movie is set in a near-future America in which citizens are required to take a loyalty oath and follows a man trying to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.
“A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails. As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times.”
The Oath will be released in select theaters October 12, everywhere on October 19.