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The Oath

R Released Oct 12, 2018 1h 33m Holiday Comedy TRAILER for The Oath: Red Band Trailer 1 List
62% Tomatometer 90 Reviews 39% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
When Chris, a high-strung news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the president, their reaction is disbelief. As the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris' own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents sends an already tense holiday gathering completely off the rails. Read More Read Less
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The Oath draws on hyper-partisan modern politics for a pointedly funny satire that hits its targets hard and often enough to more than achieve its desired discomfort.

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Tom Russo Boston Globe [Barinholtz] lacks storytelling chops, aiming for wildly provocative satire but instead churning out a technically spotty screed. Rated: 1/4 Oct 24, 2018 Full Review Barry Hertz Globe and Mail The Oath appears to crave several things at once, all diametrically opposed. Oct 19, 2018 Full Review Adam Graham Detroit News "The Oath" has a sharp tongue and plenty to say about our times. It's just too bad it can't finish the conversation. Rated: C+ Oct 19, 2018 Full Review Richard Crouse Richard Crouse Skims the surface of how divisive politics drives wedges between friends and family but tends to lean toward broad comedy to make its point rather than insight. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 1, 2021 Full Review Margot Harrison Seven Days (VT) Writer-director Barinholtz does a good job of spinning a disturbingly plausible premise into a nightmare, but he somehow manages to map our national divisions without shedding useful light on them. Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills It works for the most part, and captures the tenor of an era when "divisive" politics have grown bad enough to break up friendships, families, and quite possibly our status as a democratic republic. Oct 22, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alec B On the one hand I admire Barinholtz for trying to grapple with the deep seated rage and resentment festering in the heart of America, but he doesn't appear to have figured out how to coherently address it here. The movie is all over the place and the ending offers a resolution that is too simplistic. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/05/24 Full Review The Monroe M Other than the music, this film was the worst I've seen in several years. I will never get that time back. Oh how I wish I had done anything else besides take the time to see this movie in the theater. No plot, no acting, nonsense. It now replaces my least favorite movie, Joe Dirt. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 12/19/23 Full Review Bill C Terrible! It doesn't deserve a one rating. Nothing at all like the real Moroni. Honestly I don't understand how someone can make such a terrible film about a character who has such a magnificent story. Had to be about making money off of some dedicated people who would go without questions . My wife and I walked out 40 minutes into the movie. Others followed. In fact the theater mgr was outside the door handing out free ticket passes for reimbursement. Never had that before! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 12/13/23 Full Review Maria V I've watched this movie several times. It gives you awareness in every aspect of life. You'll never get tired watching all over again. I invite everyone to watch the movie to find out the beauty of it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/13/23 Full Review darren m A masterpiece. Anyone who doesn't like it doesn't get its meaning. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/01/23 Full Review Jerod S The Oath isn't funny at all - but it does pick at the scab of political tribalism in America pretty well. The language is so bad that it's ineffective. Could've done more work on what was dividing americans than having a general 'oath' that people were signing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When Chris, a high-strung news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the president, their reaction is disbelief. As the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris' own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents sends an already tense holiday gathering completely off the rails.
Director
Ike Barinholtz
Producer
Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Andrew C. Robinson
Screenwriter
Ike Barinholtz
Distributor
Roadside Attractions
Production Co
QC Entertainment, Sony Pictures
Rating
R (Some Drug Use|Language Throughout|Violence)
Genre
Holiday, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 12, 2018, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 28, 2018
Box Office (Gross USA)
$387.4K
Runtime
1h 33m
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