The Oath (2018)

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In a politically divided America, a man struggles to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.

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11 January 2019 | larrys3
5
| Do We Really Need a Crude Expletive in Nearly Every Sentence?
A family getting together for Thanksgiving, as well as the country, are torn apart by the Federal Government asking its citizens to sign what's called "The Oath". People will need to pledge their loyalty or they may be visited by the CPU (Citizens' Protection Unit) and some citizens may even be whisked away to an unknown location.

Most of the humor here, as I see it, fell very flat or was quite mean-spirited, and do we really need a crude expletive in nearly every sentence. The last half of the movie had some suspense and I wanted to know how this would all play out.

All in all, however, although the film had its moments it just never really got its act together. But I would say, as I write this, as we possibly near the declaration of a national emergency, that we can't out-of-hand dismiss the warnings that the film trumpets.

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The oath that is the basis for this movie's plot has several real precedents from U.S. history. In March 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed United States Executive Order 9835, which required U.S. government employees to swear that they were not members of any organizations that were deemed "subversive" and it authorized widespread investigations to search for "incriminating" details in government employees' pasts, including homosexuality. More commonly known as the "Truman Loyalty Order," it was largely driven by paranoia about the possibility of Soviet and other communist infiltration in government and other American institutions and is now seen as an early incident in the period known as the Red Scare. Another famous American loyalty oath was the Levering Act of 1950, a California state law that required every state employee to sign a statement attesting that they were not communists or members of any group that advocated the overthrow of the U.S. government. The University of California Board of Regents fired 31 professors (despite their tenured status) who refused to sign the oath on grounds of academic freedom and freedom of speech. The dismissals were eventually reversed by the California Supreme Court, but only after several years and lawsuits. As of 2018, several U.S. states still require their employees to sign loyalty oaths.


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Mason: If it wasn't for people like me, people like YOU would be slaves to people like me.


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When Chris and Alice are smoking a joint, they both smoke it like a cigarette. Neither inhales.


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