'The Oath' trailer: A Thanksgiving celebration goes downhill in the Tiffany Haddish-Ike Barinholtz savage comedy
A Thanksgiving dinner sees close kins turn against one another when the government imposes an arbitrary deadline to sign a patriot's oath in the Ike Barinholtz directorial debut
Thanksgiving, ideally, is a time to get together and make merry with near and dear ones. Even in the divisive political times - inspired to a great extent from the current socio-political climate - a family celebration is hardly a somber affair. The status quo is disturbed drastically and close kins turn against one another when the government imposes an arbitrary deadline to sign a patriot's pledge in Ike Barinholtz's directorial debut 'The Oath'.
The savagely dark comedy, which also has Barinholtz shouldering scripting duties, revolves around the lives of a seemingly normal couple - starring Tiffany Haddish as Kai and Barinholtz as Chris, along with John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, and Chris Ellis. However, it's only a matter of time before an unfortunate series of events take place, thanks to the so-called oath, described as a "state-sponsored initiative to have Americans sign a loyalty waiver."
As if the almost eerie similarities with the real-life scenarios aren't enough, the trailer for 'The Oath' further reveals that the last date for signing this oath is the day after Thanksgiving, the Black Friday. What follows next is a roller-coaster of events. Despite promising each other that nothing would change their core principles, the Haddish-Barinholtz-played couple finds themselves at wits' end.
Surviving the holidays would ultimately turn into a real challenge for everyone involved, especially with the approaching deadline and a surprise arrival in the form of two government agents.
The brainchild of Barinholtz, 'The Oath' is a raw and riotous political comedy that's tailored to cater to the taste of the divisive times. Alongside Barinholtz, Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield, David Stassen, and Andrew Robinson serve as the producers while Haddish, Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Kristen Murtha join in as executive producers.
Here's the official synopsis for 'The Oath' which is set for a world premiere at the LA Film Festival on September 25.
"A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more level-headed wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by an idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails. As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times."