The teaser trailer has arrived for actor Ike Barinholtz' feature debut as a writer/director, The Oath. Tiffany Haddish and Barinholtz play a married couple in the film, which itself puts a politically satirical spin on the family holiday dinner get-together comedy formula.
The Oath stars Barinholtz and Haddish as (respectively) progressive news junkie Chris and his wife Kai, who are preparing for their annual Thanksgiving dinner with relatives when they learn that U.S. citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the president. While the pair are quick to refuse on principle alone, their situation takes a turn for the complicated when their typical Thanksgiving get-together starts to fall completely apart due to everyone's differences in political outlook. Things get even stranger when a pair of federal agents then show up at their home during the holiday festivities, under extreme circumstances.
Roadside Attractions has now released a teaser trailer for The Oath online, ahead of its theatrical release this fall. In addition to Barinholtz and Haddish, the film's cast includes John Cho (Searching) and Billy Magnussen (Game Night), as well as Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Barinholtz' brother Jon, and youngster Priah Ferguson (who broke-out as Erica in Stranger Things season 2). You can watch the trailer for The Oath in the space above.
Barinholtz is far from a stranger to movies that mix genre tropes and social commentary, thanks to his roles in progressive-minded raunchy comedies like the Neighbors series and Blockers, as well as his supporting turn in David Ayer's fantasy-meets-buddy cop mashup, Bright. Even so, The Oath sounds - and looks - like more of an outright political satire than most of Barinholtz' previous vehicles as an actor. It also marks a change of pace from his previous small screen directing efforts on Mindy Kaling's comedy series The Mindy Project (where he played the character Morgan Tookers across multiple seasons).
For the same reasons, The Oath is an intriguing (and original) project for Barinholtz to make his filmmaking debut on, after years of appearing onscreen in movies only. The Oath also stands apart from the rest of the very busy Haddish's upcoming slate (which includes everything from Kevin Hart and Tyler Perry comedies to animated sequels like The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and The Secret Life of Pets 2), in noticeable and otherwise interesting ways. Actors have a tendency to be hit or miss when it comes to making the jump to directing, but Barinholtz may yet manage to stick the landing with his own attempt.
The Oath opens in U.S. theaters this fall on Friday, October 12.
Source: Roadside Attractions