Tiffany Haddish in Teaser Trailer for Thanksgiving Comedy 'The Oath'

August 17, 2018
Source: YouTube

The Oath Teaser Trailer

"Give me the strength to get through the next three days, please." Roadside Attractions has debuted the first teaser trailer for a holiday-themed, wild indie comedy titled The Oath, the feature directorial debut of actor-writer-comedian Ike Barinholtz. Barinholtz also stars in this as Chris, married to a woman named Kai, as played by Tiffany Haddish. The film is set around Thanksgiving time and is about a controversial White House policy that turns family member against family member. Described as a "savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism." Bring it on. The cast includes Billy Magnussen, John Cho, Meredith Hagner, Carrie Brownstein, Nora Dunn, Jon Barinholtz, Chris Ellis, and Priah Ferguson. This looks hilarious! I'm anxious to see more, it's totally uncomfortable yet also the kind of comedy we really need right now. Haddish & Barinholtz look pretty much perfect in this.

Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Ike Barinholtz's The Oath, direct from YouTube:

The Oath Trailer

When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded 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 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 written and directed by American actor-filmmaker Ike Barinholtz, making his feature directorial debut after directing a few episodes of "The Mindy Project" and writing the screenplay for Central Intelligence. This hasn't premiered at any film festivals or otherwise. Roadside will release Barinholtz's The Oath in select theaters starting October 12th this fall. Who's down?

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the "oath" sounds like obama care - where we either get some sort of expensive health insurance or are forced to pay a hefty fine for not doing so. i guess an oath to a president is more comical than a movie about a president forcing a broken health care system on us.

dan on Aug 17, 2018


We have a broken health care system. As far as someone "forcing" on you, just wait until you get really sick, and then bankrupt.

kitano0 on Aug 18, 2018


54 years old and never been to the hospital. no operations. no major illnesses. my big payouts are on dental care and i have no problem paying. ....and i can afford surgical procedures. btw - it is forced. many americans can't afford to lose the 750 fine that would be levied against them; so, they had to buy into obamacare. i knew people in that situation. and wait until YOU are really sick - then you'll find out how little the insurance will actually pay.

dan on Aug 18, 2018


Well, you've been very fortunate. The Affordable Care Act was not anywhere close to what we need, but it was a step in the right direction. I know many people who could afford health insurance for the first time thru that program. It's better than taking insurance AWAY from people, that's for sure. Your last sentence kinda proves what I was saying, by the way. No one should have to worry about their healthcare.

kitano0 on Aug 18, 2018


no question it was a first step. my problem is with obamas govt. handing out (for many people) a large fine if the don't do as they're told. insurance should be an option and the fed shouldn't be allowed to meddle in peoples personal lives.

dan on Aug 19, 2018


Well, at least Americans do have some sense of humor when it comes to politics. I must be honest, that works less in my environment. So, I'm interested in this ...

shiboleth on Aug 17, 2018


Ike is a great actor. I hope he gets a little more recognition with this project!

DAVIDPD on Aug 17, 2018

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