Ike Barinholtz Credits Donald Trump for His Dark Comedy ‘The Oath’

Donald Trump won’t be getting a producing credit in Ike Barinholtz’ dark comedy “The Oath,” which opens Friday, but he’s the major reason why the film got made.

“The movie grew out of the Thanksgiving dinner two years ago at my house in Los Angeles,” Barinholtz recalls. “We got into a nasty fight about politics — and we had all voted the same way against Trump. So I woke up the next morning and thought ‘I’ve got make a movie about this, if this can happen at our table, it must be happening all over America.’”

“The Oath” takes place in a near future in which the U.S. government, headed by unnamed president, has  required all citizens to sign a “Patriot’s Oath” to the government by Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving. Barinholtz’ character Chris and his no-nonsense wife Kai, played by Tiffany Haddish, host a Thanksgiving dinner in which discussion about the Patriot’s Oath explodes into violence when two government agents, played by John Cho and Billy Magnusson, show up unannounced.

Barinholtz is making his directorial debut. He cast his brother Jon Barinholtz as his movie brother Pat with Meredith Hagner as his new girlfriend. “Portlandia’s” Carrie Brownstein plays his sister and Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis portray his parents. Jay Duplass is the husband to Brownstein’s character and spends most of the movie in bed with the flu. Awkward moments abound, such as Barinholtz mistakenly calling Hagner’s character by the name of the former girlfriend.

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