A controversial White House policy threatens to tear a family apart at the seams in “The Oath,” a politically charged dark comedy starring Stern Show celebrity superfan Ike Barinholtz and “Night School” star Tiffany Haddish.
Ike, who also wrote and directed the film, plays Chris, a high-strung progressive news junkie married to a levelheaded woman named Kai (Haddish). Chris goes ballistic after the government asks its citizens to sign a loyalty oath to the U.S. President, and the situation intensifies as he and his wife prepare to head home for the holidays, where they’ll be surrounded by their conservative family.
“I’m not going to ruin Thanksgiving, I promise.” Chris tells his wife in the official teaser (above), just before calling his family a bunch of Nazis.
Two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) eventually get added to the mix and the end result is a Thanksgiving dinner stuffed with more yelling, fighting, triggering, and Taser-ing than usual.
While “The Oath” serves as Barinholtz’s feature film directorial debut, the actor and comedian had previously directed episodes of his comedy series “The Mindy Project.” During a 2017 visit to the Stern Show, Ike told Howard all about directing and working on the sitcom, even sharing a particularly hilarious story about the time he gave its star Mindy Kaling a pot cookie. Listen to a clip from Ike and Howard’s conversation (below).
“The Oath” opens Oct. 12. Watch the teaser trailer (above).