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A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Kathy Baughman
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Bill Baughman
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Professor Gray
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A look at the early life of Barack Obama. Before he became President of the United States, he was one of the few black students at Columbia University NY in the early 80's. Faced with judgmental and racist opinions all around him, he tries to find his place in the world.

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Before he was Barack, he was...

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Biography | Drama

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16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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The film is inspired by writings from "Dreams from My Father," Barack Obama's debut 1995 bestseller. In what's almost an auto-biography, Obama pens reflections on his earlier, scorned life as he struggled to reconcile with his race, scenes of which are portrayed in "Barry" (2016). See more »

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Barry is seen wearing a Casio F91W watch throughout the movie. The movie is set in the early 1980's, but that model watch wasn't released until 1991. See more »

Quotes

Barry: They're uh, different races. I'm guessing that's what Kathy meant.
James Boggs: Ah, I see
Barry: My mom's from Kansas, and my dad's from Kenya. I've only met him once though. I grew up in Jakarta and Honolulu, and spent a little time in California, then well, I ended up here.
James Boggs: That's some kind of gumbo.
James Boggs: You know what that makes you young brother?
Barry: No sir, I don't. I uh really really don't.
James Boggs: It makes you American. And you don't ever have to choose.
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Soundtracks

I'm Under Your Spell
Written by James Harris III
Performed by Mind + Matter
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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The story of a young mixed-raced man trying to find his place in early 1980s New York
17 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The movie is an interesting look at the President's early life. We've come to expect the current President to be cool and collected and this movie looks at the anxieties and insecurities that he would have faced at that time.

I would recommend this movie to a person interested in human behaviour. The film is, at its heart, the study of a young mixed-raced man trying to find his place in early 1980s New York but it also interesting as Obama's personal story, particularly his slightly disapproving view of his mother and his conflicted feelings about his absent father.

The lead actor Terrell does a great and convincing job as the young Obama. However, the film lacks something special and leaves you with the lingering feeling that there's another installment to be watched.


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