The Oath (2018)

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The Oath (2018)

Postby Leisher » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:53 pm

Ike Barinholtz wrote, directed, and stars in this politically inspired comedy(?).

The entire movie takes place in Ike's house where he lives with his wife (Tiffany Haddish) and his daughter. In their world the president has told everyone to sign a loyalty oath by Black Friday of the following year. Well, it's a year later and Ike is a huge anti-oath activist and his family is coming to Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, there are protests around the country and the CPU (think Browncoats) are out enforcing the oath.

I guess Ike wanted to make a movie to showcase the political divide in the U.S. and get people to laugh. It's just that the movie really isn't funny. It doesn't "pick sides" either, but more leans into the stereotypes of each side. I did laugh at one sight gag late, but other than that, there isn't a ton of humor. In fact, there's a moment that happens about halfway through the movie that removes all humor from the film. You then get a massive scene where I think the intent was to be slapstick funny, but it's not even remotely funny at any point.

It's not offensively bad, but it definitely isn't good.

Skip it.

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