I got to see the Oath Movie early because of my awesome status as a student of the iO Theater in Chicago. (That $150 every month is really paying off.) The Oath was written and directed by Ike Barinholtz, if you don’t know who that is, that you haven’t seen the Mindy Project or Blockers, and that just sounds like a sad life honestly.
Ike Barinholtz plays a wonderful goofball in both, but this time, he showed his true colors, a serious suburban husband loosing his mind.
The movie starts with everyone in the US being asked to take the patriots oath, which basically just says you are with America through and through. Ike Barinholtz and wife, Tiffany Haddish, are obviously shocked by this and angered by it. Ike grows more and more angry and becomes obsessed. Then stuff gets real.
When I say stuff gets real, I mean that you will be sitting in the movie straight up pissed that you are watching this movie that is basically all the worst news clips in the past five years put together. But you are laughing at the same time, and it’s just a really confusing emotion. You hate who you used to love, and love people you love even more. So, when Ike was unable to take a photo with me after the Q&A, because of the mob forming around him, I became slightly emotional. And yes I did cry. You go through that emotional roller coaster, a box of sour patch kids, and a glass of wine, and not cry. I dare you. It was like being rejected by someone you love for a hug. Just disappointing. (And yes, I am just writing this so Ike will feel bad, find me, and become my mentor.) But seriously, I needed a hug after that.
The film officially comes out October 19th. I highly recommend this weird experience with Ike Barinholtz. You’ll leave the theater just super amped to fix all the bad things in the world. I almost applied for graduate school after the movie. And graduate school is the worst. But seriously, I should go back to school.
I don’t want to give any spoilers or too much on the plot of the film, because it hasn’t officially come out yet. But a 4.5 on IMDb, come on son!