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

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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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The name Obama is not said throughout the film. It is only seen early on, written on his briefcase. Also, Barry's full first name Barack is only heard once. See more »

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Charlotte: Where are you from?
Barry: Hawaii. Indonesia. Kenya. Take your pick.
Charlotte: Really? Um... Ni vizuri kukutana na wewe.
Barry: Really? What? In front of all these people? I mean, you're very pretty, and I'm flattered, but...
Charlotte: No, that's not what I was trying to say-...
Barry: I'm just messing with you. I have no idea what you just said.
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Written by Osborne Hunter and Steve Boston
Performed by Ahzz
Courtesy of Phase One Network, Inc.
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A Biopic With No Point?
18 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I really was looking forward to watching this movie, and had the release date earmarked to see it. But after spending my early morning watching it, I was overall disappointed and realized that I could have waited.

So I'll start off with the good parts. Big props to Devvon Terrell on getting Barack's speech, mannerisms and attitude to a tee. He really could be a dead ringer for the younger version of the President; so casting did a fabulous job there. For her few moments in the film, Ashley Judd did a great job as Barack's mother. I enjoyed seeing a peek into their relationship and I wish it was fleshed out more. It was also interesting to see the film show Barack's fish out of water moments. Being bi-racial in 1980s New York, for sure he experienced a lot of them.

But the rest of the film fell flat. It just wasn't compelling at all. The trailers made it seem like you would be presented with key experiences from Barack's formative years; the things that help make him into the man we know today. The truth is you got very little of that. It was more of just a conflicted college kid trying to navigate the relationships with his on-campus peers and his (White) girlfriend and family. The script kept trying to bring in Barack's desire to have a relationship with his father, but it just felt random and out of place each time.

Overall this film wasn't a horrible waste of time. But it was far from being remarkable. I have yet to see "Southside With You", but I feel as if this was an ambitious effort that just fell short of the mark.


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