The Oath (2018 film)
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|Directed by||Ike Barinholtz|
|Written by||Ike Barinholtz|
|Edited by||Jack Price|
The Oath is a 2018 American black comedy film written and directed by Ike Barinholtz, in his directorial debut. In addition to Barinholtz, the film stars Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis, and follows a politically divided family at Thanksgiving after the U.S. government requires all citizens to sign a loyalty pledge.
It had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 25, 2018, and was released in the United States on October 12, 2018, by Roadside Attractions. The film received mixed reviews from critics, although Haddish's performance was praised.
In a dystopian future, people across America are required to sign a controversial political document, “The Patriot’s Oath” (to the U.S. president), by Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, a young couple hosts a Thanksgiving dinner in which political discussion about the Oath among their family members erupts into violence and mayhem.
- Ike Barinholtz as Chris, Kai’s husband
- Tiffany Haddish as Kai, Chris’s wife
- John Cho as Agent Peter
- Carrie Brownstein as Alice
- Billy Magnussen as Agent Mason
- Meredith Hagner as Abbie
- Jon Barinholtz as Pat
- Nora Dunn as Eleanor
- Chris Ellis as Hank
- Matt Corboy as Clint Marks
- Jay Duplass as Clark
- Priah Ferguson as Hardy
- Henry Kaufman as Asher
- Max Greenfield as Dan
In September 2017, it was announced Ike Barinholtz would write, direct, and star in the film. Barinholtz will produce the film alongside Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Andrew Robinson, and David Stassen, under their QC Entertainment and 24/34 Pictures banners, respectively. In December 2017, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis joined the cast of the film. Haddish will also serve as an executive producer.
In June 2018, Roadside Attractions and Topic Studios acquired distribution rights to the film. It had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 25, 2018. The film was released on October 12, 2018.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60% based on 78 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Oath draws on hyper-partisan modern politics for a pointedly funny satire that hits its targets hard and often enough to more than achieve its desired discomfort." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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