Podtalk: Ike Barinholtz, First Time Director for ‘The Oath’

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CHICAGO – The life we have in these “interesting times” is rife with the peril of outside influences… which makes for difficult confrontations with both the known and the unknown. Comic actor Ike Barinholtz (“Blockers”) writes and directs his first film, “The Oath,” dealing with a family Thanksgiving within a Trump-like world.

“The Oath” refers to a loyalty oath, in which a Trumpian president proposes that each American sign into over the internet. The administration promises no implications to those who do not sign it, but it becomes clear that special privileges will be applied to the signers. This begins to wear on Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a family man and ultra-progressive who preaches against the Oath. As each of his friends and family sign up, he begins to feel more distant from the America he knows. When Thanksgiving comes along, all these new points of view will be tested at a family dinner.

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Ike Barinholtz (center) Presides Over Thanksgiving in “The Oath”
Photo credit: Roadside Attractions

The film, which also features Tiffany Haddish as Chris’s wife and Jon Barinholtz as his brother (also his real-life brother) occurred to Ike B. after the election of 2016. The notion of many 2016 Thanksgivings being ruined by the divisive politics of today had him thinking about the “what ifs?” of extremism in poisoning the country. He created a dystopia in a sense, where loyalty has different definitions to different people.

Ike Barinholtz is a Chicago native, who cut his teeth at The Second City and other schools, and formed the “Boom Chicago” comedy troupe, which included Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”). He joined “MADtv” in 2002 and was with the show until 2007. In 2012 he was featured on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” with Danny McBride, as well as the films “Neighbors” (2014) with Seth Rogen and the recent “Blockers” (2018). He makes his debut as a director for “The Oath.”

In PART ONE of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Ike Barinholtz – the writer, director and lead actor “The Oath” – talks about the process of screenplay to direction, and the particular issues of the film.


In PART TWO, Barinholtz talks about different generations of men in “The Oath,” and the Chicago school of entertainment that works in Los Angeles.


“The Oath” opens in Chicago on October 19th, part of a nationwide release. Featuring Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Jon Barinholtz, Jay Duplass and Nora Dunn. Written by Ike Barinholtz. Directed by Ike Barinholtz. Rated “R”

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor and Film Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2018 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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