Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad, The Mindy Project, Blockers) seems like the type of guy you’d want to invite to your Thanksgiving dinner, and after having seen The Oath I’m starting to suspect he’s actually already been to mine. The actor turned writer / director is making his feature directorial debut with the political dark comedy and it couldn’t be a more timely piece.
We chatted about favorite Thanksgiving meals, dealing with family, and what to do in the event of the end of Western democracy.
More about the film: 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 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
The Oath is in theaters now.
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