The Oath is a 2018 American black comedy film written and directed by Ike Barinholtz, in his directorial debut. In addition to Barinholtz, the film stars Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis, and follows a politically divided family at Thanksgiving after the U.S. government asks all citizens to sign a loyalty pledge. It had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 25, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 12, 2018, by Roadside Attractions. The film received mixed reviews from critics, although Haddish’s performance was praised.
In the near future, American citizens are asked, though not required, to sign a legal document swearing allegiance to the United States government by Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
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Meanwhile, Chris and Kai, a biracial couple, live a quiet suburban life with their young daughter, while Chris is deeply disturbed by the oath.
As Black Friday approaches, the young couple hosts their latest Thanksgiving dinner for their extended family. Chris’ mother has made him promise not to discuss politics throughout the holiday, nonetheless he tries to escape and catch the news whenever possible. Chris’ brother Pat and his girlfriend Abbie who have opposing political views, bother Chris throughout the entire holiday despite Kai’s attempts to calm him. Chris is also disturbed to learn about the societal breakdown occurring in the nation due to the Oath’s deadline, which all of his family members, including Kai, signed except for him.On Black Friday, the family is visited by two governmental agents, Mason and Peter who question Chris about his efforts to resist others in signing the Oath.