Like Ike Barinholtz’s Chris, Swear off The Oath.
★Directed by Ike Barinholtz★
★Written by Ike Barinholtz★
I forgot to write a review for this movie and now it’s more than three months later and things are hazy, but I can tell you that there are some funny parts of this, but also that tonally it’s off.* It may that it’s a Too Soon! movie** or that Barinholtz just wants to push buttons that I wasn’t in the mood to have pushed, but I could see people putting in their best effort, but it just didn’t come together. It was interesting to see Haddish play the straight man, so there was that.
The verdict: Skip
Cost: Monthly Disney+/Hulu charge ($8.99)
Where watched: at home
Consider watching instead:
*Like it’s a dark comedy, but I think a little too dark?
**We did watch it three days after the storming of the capital by domestic terrorists.
- What’s your favorite kind of movie for Tiffany Haddish to star in?
- Would you take the oath?
Other reviews of The Oath:
- Maureen Lee Lenker, Entertainment Weekly
- Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
I would not take the Oath, but I just might to avoid the social pressure.
OK, here’s the problem with this movie. Ike thought, “I will take a current tension in my life right now and then amp it up to 11 and then not think through the actual consequences of this exaggerated reality.” So then the audience is supposed to say, “Oh, well, isn’t the current political reality terrible/not as bad as it could be?” And the deus ex machina in the end, not so much appreciated.
Good point! (Although a bit of spoiler there.)