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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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In the Summer of 1989, One First Date would Change History See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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26 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,868,956, 28 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,303,853, 30 October 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,000,000, 23 December 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Legend was inspired to write the song "Start" for the movie after seeing an early cut of the film. See more »

Quotes

Michelle Robinson: This is not a date. How's it gonna look if I start dating the first cute black guy who walks through the firm's doors? It would be tacky
Barack Obama: You think I'm cute?
Michelle Robinson: I didn't say that.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Keep On Movin
Written by Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo)
Performed by Soul II Soul
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A weak and try hard attempt at romance
6 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Southside with You tries to tell the romantic story of Obama and Michelle's relationship by giving us a deep look into the lives of the future best family in the U.S, but sadly it falters a bit as it tries to make the romance interesting with thought provoking debates about the world and there clashing ideals. The film just lacks a lot of focus on what it wants to really be and how much of the story it wants to tell.

The acting is actually the best part of the film as Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers really try there best to the weak script compelling and interesting to see. There chemistry is quite incompatible and makes for a fun and engaging experience to see portrayed on the screen.

But good chemistry can't save a pretty meh script and pretty average directing done by Richard Tanne. The film just can't engage you enough and instead feels dull and also really boring to watch as well.

Overall Southside by You tries to be interesting but misses the mark


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