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At Theaters: 10/12/2018 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 33 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 601258
Studio: Roadside Attractions
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When Chris, a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal.
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Action Comedy (Dark) Thriller
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Tiffany Haddish NIGHT SCHOOL
Director: Ike Barinholtz Directing Debut
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Average The opening half of "The Oath” succeeds as an amusing dinner-table comedy of angry frustration... The script has a lot to say, but it's too busy at war with its messages to make a lasting statement. ...tries to darken its humor by resorting to gory mayhem and brutality...

Rolling Stone Full Review
Average In trying to show what a heartless heap our partisan world has become — and could be heading towards — The Oath suddenly just turns into a mess of its own. This is not what we signed up for.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Below Average The Oath wears itself thin fighting on both fronts, faltering as it takes extreme measures to drive home its sense of relevance. The film's ending belies a nihilism that sours its well-meaning front.

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In their comfortable suburban home, liberal-minded couple Chris (Ike Barinholtz) and Kai (Tiffany Haddish) are stunned by the news that the White House is asking all Americans to sign the Patriot's Oath, a pledge of loyalty to the President. According to a government spokeswoman, nothing will happen to people who don't sign, but those who do may receive tax benefits. The deadline for signing is the day after Thanksgiving, approximately 10 months from the date of the announcement. Shocked at the brazen governmental overreach, and worried about the world their young daughter is growing up in, Chris and Kai vow never to sign the oath.

As the deadline approaches, however, the stress begins to take a visible toll on Chris. Reports of angry protests around the country grow, and rumors swirl that a mysterious division of Homeland Security called the CPU (Citizens Protection Unit) is secretly arresting oath critics, including progressive celebrities like Seth Rogen.

With the tension mounting, Chris's distracted mother and father (Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis), well meaning sister Alice (Carrie Brownstein), and annoying younger brother Pat (Jon Barinholtz) arrive for the family's annual Thanksgiving feast. Complicating matters is Pat's outspoken far-right girlfriend Abbie (Meredith Hagner), whose political comments send Chris into fits of frustrated hysteria.

Unable to tear himself away from the constant barrage of hyperbolic oath coverage on cable news and social media, Chris's obsessive wokeness eventually proves too much for Kai, who explodes with a shocking revelation that upends the Thanksgiving feast. But it's the unexpected arrival of two CPU agents - soft-spoken Peter (John Cho) and menacing Mason (Billy Magnussen) - that sends an already tense holiday gathering completely off the rails.

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