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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 overview, first billed only:
Ike Barinholtz ... Chris
Tiffany Haddish ... Kai
Nora Dunn ... Eleanor
Chris Ellis ... Hank
Jon Barinholtz ... Pat
Meredith Hagner ... Abbie
Carrie Brownstein ... Alice
Jay Duplass ... Clark
Billy Magnussen ... Mason
John Cho ... Peter
Priah Ferguson ... Hardy
Henry Kaufman ... Asher
Max Greenfield ... Dan
Jon Lovett ... Jon Lovett
Brian Guest ... Avery
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Chris (Ike Barinholtz) and Kai (Tiffany Haddish) agree not to sign an oath of loyalty to the United States for tax incentives. The deadline is Black Friday and a politically-charged Chris focuses on getting through the holiday with his family while he pours over the news regarding The Oath. The day after Thanksgiving, he and his family are surprised when agents show up to interrogate him. As the situation escalates, they must decide how to stay out of jail and protect their family. Written by meganerothe

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Nothing is More American Than Family Drama

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Comedy | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2018 (Canada) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,078, 14 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$401,463, 1 November 2018
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The oath that is the basis for this movie's plot has several real precedents from U.S. history. In March 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed United States Executive Order 9835, which required U.S. government employees to swear that they were not members of any organizations that were deemed "subversive" and it authorized widespread investigations to search for "incriminating" details in government employees' pasts, including homosexuality. More commonly known as the "Truman Loyalty Order," it was largely driven by paranoia about the possibility of Soviet and other communist infiltration in government and other American institutions and is now seen as an early incident in the period known as the Red Scare. Another famous American loyalty oath was the Levering Act of 1950, a California state law that required every state employee to sign a statement attesting that they were not communists or members of any group that advocated the overthrow of the U.S. government. The University of California Board of Regents fired 31 professors (despite their tenured status) who refused to sign the oath on grounds of academic freedom and freedom of speech. The dismissals were eventually reversed by the California Supreme Court, but only after several years and lawsuits. As of 2018, several U.S. states still require their employees to sign loyalty oaths. See more »

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When Chris and Alice are smoking a joint, they both smoke it like a cigarette. Neither inhales. See more »

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Mason: If it wasn't for people like me, people like YOU would be slaves to people like me.
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Performed by Art Pepper
Written by Art Pepper (as Arthur E. Pepper) BMI
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6.5 Stars From Me
13 March 2019 | by foutainoflifeSee all my reviews

I thought this was pretty funny. It sorta slides in well with all the political turmoil that is currently taking place. Family gatherings are always a great place to find some dark humor. It's just those moments were you realise that you both love and yet can't believe you have a relationship with people that have such opposing ideas.

I would think that if you are sensitive to political views you may not want to watch this. It may just fire you up. If you don't let that stuff get to you and think it is about time to laugh at all the craziness going on all around us, pick it up.


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