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Southside with You (2016)

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The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

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The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, smoking, a violent image and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,868,956 (USA) (26 August 2016)

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$6,303,853 (USA) (28 October 2016)
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After Southside with You (2016), Barry (2016) was the second film to be made about Barack Obama in 2016. It went into production about a month after Southside with You (2016) had premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »

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The paintings that Barack & Michelle saw are shown during the end credits. See more »

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References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

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Can't Stop What I'm Feelin
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Very charming and intelligent
3 September 2016 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Once you get over the weirdness of the fact that you're watching a movie about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, this is an utterly charming and smart movie. I'm not sure how much of this is based on fact and how much of it is imagined (I assume most of the biographical details were fished out of Obama's autobiographies), but it imagines the two in their late 20s in Chicago in 1989. She doesn't want it to be a date, but he clearly does, so they do the dance. The film characterizes both Barack and Michelle beautifully - it's easy to momentarily forget who these people will become and just see them as complex human beings. The film is also one of the best about race in America - it doesn't shy away from those issues at all, and has a lot of intelligent discourse on the subject (it's quite disappointing that the writer/director is a white man, but thankfully he is a smart, sensitive white man). Saving the best for last, man, do the two leads, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, knock it out of the park. Sawyers nails not only the way the future President speaks, but also his fantastic charisma. Sumpter may not quite come off as a perfect copy of Michelle, but she builds the character beautifully. Definitely one of the year's best films.


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