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It is in the role of writer/director that Barinholtz adds the most to the film, balancing the quirkier aspects of his characters and their predicament with the notion that something very like this could come to pass. Stranger things are happening.
We just don't feel like we have the energy for this shit anymore, and for Barinholtz to capture so well, with only his first film, that specific, quietly universal exhaustion of being alive in 2018 -- that's the film's real feel-good ending.
Some might balk at the idea of seeing a comedy about the heightened political tensions of our times, but as someone who has had a few of those arguments with family members myself, I found "The Oath" to be utterly cathartic.
The Oath is (at first) a scarily realistic and darkly funny depiction of the political argument feedback loop that rips some families apart. But the violent last act allows Barinholtz to slip away without an idea for leaving that loop.