Ike Barinholtz’s disaster of a holiday dinner goes even further off the rails in the new red band trailer for “The Oath,” the Stern Show celebrity superfan’s politically charged dark comedy opening in October.
Released Thursday, the clip (above) opens with a barrage of bad words as Chris (Barinholtz) and his wife Kai (“Night School” star Tiffany Haddish) spar with their family on Thanksgiving, thanks in part to a new directive from the White House asking all Americans to sign a loyalty oath to the President. The progressive-minded Chris and his levelheaded wife's reaction is disbelief—they think the idea is preposterous—but Chris fears his ultra-conservative family will beg to differ. “If these motherfuckers bring up the oath,” Chris tells his wife (above), “I’m going to lose my mind.”
Barinholtz and Haddish even fight with each other at one point in the clip when Chris calls his brother’s sister the C-word and Kai reprimands him, suggesting he use the phrase “trash pu—y” instead.
As if the profanity laced holiday meal wasn’t bad enough, the situation gets further complicated when two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) show up and question Chris, based on reports he might be “impeding a private citizen’s choice to sign the oath.”
Written and directed by Barinholtz, the film also stars Carrie Brownstein, Chris Ellis, Meredith Hagner, and Nora Dunn.
"The Oath" opens Oct. 12 in select theaters and Oct. 19 nationwide. Watch the red band trailer (above).