A controversial White House policy sends a family's Thanksgiving dinner (spectacularly) off the rails in the red band trailer and poster for Ike Barinholtz's The Oath. The broad comedy will serve as the actor-turned filmmaker's feature length directorial debut.
In addition to appearing in (typically raunchy) comedy hits like the Neighbors films and last April's Blockers, Barinholtz has gotten increasingly involved behind the scenes on his projects of late. He cowrote the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart-led action/comedy Central Intelligence back in 2016 and served as a story editor - as well as an occasional director - throughout his run on Mindy Kaling's TV series The Mindy Project. Barinholtz actually wrote his script for The Oath while he worked on the final season of Kaling's show last year.
The Oath pairs Barinholtz opposite Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish as liberal news junkie Chris and his equally progressive, but more level-headed, wife Kai. The pair are preparing for their annual family Thanksgiving get-together when, like the rest of the country, they are shocked to learn that U.S. citizens are being asked to sign the "Patriot's Oath" - an oath of loyalty to the current President. With the deadline to sign set for the day after Thanksgiving, it becomes nigh on impossible for Chris, Kai and their in-laws to avoid talking (and, inevitably, fighting) about whether they should take "the oath" or not. For more on that, watch the movie's red band trailer above, followed by the new poster.
As The Oath teaser trailer and this red band trailer illustrate, Barinholtz's film won't hold back when it comes to mining its premise for dark humor. That goes double for the plot, which includes a story thread where two Homeland Security agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) suddenly pop up in the midst of Chris and Kai's ongoing Thanksgiving dinner meltdown - thus pushing their already-spiraling situation fully over the edge.
While The Oath is clearly a satire of the current political climate, it looks to be as invested in making audiences laugh as it does in preaching to them. That may or may not be the case with the film proper, though Barinholtz's track record suggests it will be. In that event, this one could make for a nice antithesis to the more serious fall movies on the horizon (a la Beautiful Boy, which opens in theaters on the same day).
At the very least - here's to hoping that watching The Oath is more entertaining than actually having Thanksgiving dinner with your relatives.
Source: Roadside Attractions
- The Oath (2018) release date: Oct 12, 2018