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The Oath | 2018 | R | – 2.7.10

Why is “The Oath” rated R? While there is no notably explicit sexual content, the MPAA rating has been assigned for several very bloody and violent scenes, reports of violence against peaceful protests and over 130 F-words.
Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Dark political comedy about what happens when the U.S. government institutes a loyalty oath for all citizens — while there are ostensibly no penalties for non-compliance, there are tax incentives for taking the oath. Family discussions become more and more heated as the deadline approaches, especially in one household where one member is against signing and tolerates no opposition. With Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, Carrie Brownstein, Jay Duplass, Chris Ellis, Chris Ellis, John Cho and Billy Magnussen. Directed by Ike Barinholtz. [Running Time: 1:33]

The Oath SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A wife tells her husband to take off his shirt which he does and we see his bare chest and abdomen as she remarks about his muscles and he climbs on top of her in bed; she tells him to take off his pants and he pulls them down partially reveling part of his boxer briefs as the scene ends with them kissing (sex is implied). A husband and his wife kiss in bed. A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes.
 A man says that another man is, “In the shower with his girlfriend.” A man misuses the word, “Canoodling.”
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.


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The Oath VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 - A man with a gun hits two other men in the face with it (one's nose is badly cut and bleeding and we hear it is broken and blood spurts when he is struck); two men struggle over the gun and a man is shot in the leg twice (we see the bloody holes in his pants and the wound sprays a lot of blood on a woman's face later). A man hits another man on the back of the head with a fireplace shovel (we see bloody cut on the back of his head when he falls to the floor), and another man draws a gun and holds the man with the shovel by the throat. A man with a knife attacks another man, cutting his hand and tackles him holding the knife over his chest (we see blood) until a man accidentally tasers a woman, and then the man with the knife. A man with a very bloody face and swollen eye is duct-tied up and a man kicks him in the side several times while he is on the floor; another man punches the tied up man in the face several times and a woman kicks him several times. A man handcuffs another man and holds him at gunpoint and then tapes him with duct tape and gags him.
 Two men from a government agency enter a home and ask to question a man: he refuses and tells them to leave, but they will not and the man shoves one of the men on the shoulder, the agency man then punches him in the face (we see some blood on his face) and then grabs a woman and they argue, until the agency man twists the man's arm behind his back.
 A man in a car cuts off another car, the driver of the first car gets out yelling and pounds on the hood of the other car, he takes a knife from his car and slashes the tire of the other car while yelling, "Go back where you came from," and a man in another car yells and honks the horn. A man in a restaurant yells at two other men and he slams his cane on the table and then shoves the table before they are interrupted.
 A man talks about shooting two men and taking them deep into woods to dump their bodies. A man threatens a man's children. We hear that people opened fire on a group of protestors, killing many people. We hear a recording of a crowd of protestors and hear a woman's voice yelling as if she is being attacked. A man talks about a government agency taking a celebrity away for not signing a loyalty oath. A man becomes more and more agitated as a deadline to sign an oath approaches and he says, "People are going to die." A woman reports that a man had a stroke and died and another died in a car crash. A man says that some people should be "hung like pigs." We see news reports of protests scenes and there are fires burning on streets. A man says that another man punched someone so hard that he broke his eardrum.
 A wife yells at her husband and they argue bitterly. A husband and his wife argue in several scenes. Two men argue bitterly in a few scenes. A man and a woman argue bitterly in a few scenes. Several people argue at meals in several scenes. A man repeatedly calls a woman by the wrong name. People argue about whether a comment was offensive to Asian drivers. People argue about whether they are racist or not.
 A man seems very sick and his child says, "Daddy keeps making poo." Two men joke about a flatulent and that it lingered; one man makes a flatulent sound with his mouth. A woman says that she gave her husband a saltine and his "anus exploded" (he's sick with the flu). A woman brushes her teeth and tongue and spits (below the frame). A man touches his foot and talks about "burning and crusting" and then reaches into a communal bowl of nuts. Liquid drips from a man's ear and another man says that he is concussed. A man spits blood on a sign a child made.


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The Oath LANGUAGE 10

 - About 132 F-words and its derivatives (2 of which are spelled out in front of a child), 1 obscene hand gesture, 41 scatological terms, 21 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (Gestapo-like feeling, crazy, racist, morons, pigs, stupidest, banana republic, dumb, judgmental, dude, liar, psychopath, maniac, Paul Blart, bad person, haters, condescending, losers, rude, disrespectful, white Nelson Mandela, ridiculous, traitor, crooks, brown shirts, idiot, madman, stupid), exclamations (shut the [F-word deleted] up, shut-up), 9 religious profanities (GD), 30 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, God Bless You, God Bless the United States, God That I Don't Believe In, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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The Oath SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man and a woman share a marijuana cigarette. People drink wine with dinner in several scenes.


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The Oath DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Loyalty oaths, the First Amendment to the Constitution, freedoms, attempted murder, kidnapping, protecting loved ones, sacrifice, betrayal, family, pride, peace, compromising your value system, Nazi Germany.

The Oath MESSAGE

 - Be vigilant or democracy can slip away before you know it.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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