Ike Barinholtz has come a long way from his MADtv days. The comedian has both written for and co-starred in The Mindy Project, which just wrapped up its final season on Hulu. And he was one of the stars of one of 2018's funniest movies: Blockers. Now, he's getting his shot at writing and directing his first movie.
The Oath is a political satire, which is pretty ambitious for a debut feature. There are a lot of ways it can go wrong and only a few ways in which it can go right. Thankfully, he's assembled an incredible cast to handle the material. In the film, all Americans have until the day after Thanksgiving to sign a loyalty pledge to the President of the United States. Now, the film doesn't make it clear if its our president or a fictional one, but it's safe to say it will touch on a lot of current hot-button issues.
Ike plays Chris, an idealistic liberal married to the more level-headed Kai (Tiffany Haddish). Their already tense Thanksgiving gets even worse when two federal agents (Billy Magnussen and John Cho) show up at their house. The rest of the cast includes Nora Dunn (Saturday Night Live), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) and Chris Ellis (who's been in everything from Apollo 13 to The Dark Knight Rises).
The Oath opens Friday, October 12.