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The Oath (2018)

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In a politically divided America, a man struggles to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.

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Ike Barinholtz

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Ike Barinholtz
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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Magnussen ... Mason
Tiffany Haddish ... Kai
Max Greenfield
Ike Barinholtz ... Chris
John Cho ... Peter
Meredith Hagner ... Abbie
Jay Duplass
Jon Barinholtz ... Pat
Nora Dunn ... Eleanor
Carrie Brownstein ... Alice
Chris Ellis ... Hank
John Ducey ... Alan Nemsies
Priah Ferguson ... Hardy
Jon Lovett
Talia Tabin ... Waitress
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In a politically divided America, a man struggles to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.

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Nothing is More American Than Family Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »
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$29,078, 14 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$401,463, 1 November 2018
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I Can Tell
Performed by Little Royal
Written by Royal Torrence
Published by Little Royal Music (BMI) and Eastunes Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Carnival Records
By Arrangement with Westwood Music Group
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Topical amd bloody dark humor. After all, it's Thanksgiving dinner.
21 October 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Some films are not easily classified: Ike Barinholtz's The Oath is just such a puzzle. The prospect of seeing a comedic take on Thanksgiving with current liberal and conservative divisions in many families was tantalizing.

However, The Oath turns into a black comedy at best and bloody Straw Dogs home invasion at worst. Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a liberal, tries to understand why anyone would sign a government loyalty oath (Think Trump's National Loyalty Day, May 1) today in democratic USA. His brother, Pat (Jon Barinholtz) and most of his family, has signed, leading to Chris trying to avoid confrontations with little luck.

With two Citizens Protection Unit operatives arriving unannounced, the contentious Thanksgiving dinner turns into a bloody confrontation between these enforcers of the oath and the growingly isolated, liberal Chris.

For sure there are laughs at the extreme ends of the political spectrum, both sides evidencing ignorance and moved more by the movements themselves rather than deep-seated beliefs. Yet both sides are capable of cruelty and violence, and even Chris and his loving wife, Kai (Tiffany Haddish) are capable of turning on each other.

The animosities are made real by today's polarized politics, so that the absurdist humor can resonate in all its hyperbole. Although the ending should satisfy both sides, and for sure the liberals, nonetheless all sides should be able to fear the extremes to which the citizenry can go and embrace a humanism that doesn't force anyone to turn on family.

After all, it is Thanksgiving, and I feel confident your family will be kind and loving. It's the others you have to worry about.

This dark drama has touches of humor, but also, it's Straw Dogs for political extremists. The Oath is a surprisingly acidic commentary on our partisan culture today.


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