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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.

Director:

Ike Barinholtz

Writer:

Ike Barinholtz

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Nothing is More American Than Family Drama

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mason: If it wasn't for people like me, people like YOU would be slaves to people like me.
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Soundtracks

It Slips Away
Performed by Bethany Ruth Bombara
Written by Bethany Ruth Bombara
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Funny but not sure where the plot was headed ?
6 January 2019 | by ProphetikSee all my reviews

Seemed like a waste of a movie it didn't go anywhere really and then it just ended, it was funny but also went into a severe decline that made no sense the only thing funny was the fact they're really people out their who let the news and politics control their lifes...other then that not the best


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2018 (Canada) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,077, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$401,463

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$401,463
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