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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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Richard Tanne

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Richard Tanne
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tika Sumpter ... Michelle Robinson
Parker Sawyers ... Barack Obama
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Marian Robinson
Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Fraser Robinson III (as Phil Ed Van Lear)
Taylar Fondren ... Janice
Deanna Reed-Foster ... Bernadette
Jerod Haynes ... Tommy
Gabrielle Lott-Rogers ... Rafiqa
Preston Tate Jr. ... Kyle
Donn C. Harper ... Curtis (as Donn Carl Harper)
Tom McElroy ... Avery Goodman
Stephanie Monday ... Laura Goodman
Eric Morgan Stuart Eric Morgan Stuart ... DJ Eric
Deborah Geffner ... Toot
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Date See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,868,403, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$6,304,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,512,004
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is set in Chicago, Illinois, USA where it filmed and where the Obamas [Michelle Obama and Barack Obama] lived in 1989. The picture also lensed in Waukegan in the same American state. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, a CTA Green Line train is seen on the elevated tracks. The train clearly consists of the newer 5000-series cars, which did not exist until 2011 and did not enter service on the Green Line until 2012. The film is supposedly set in 1989 when the 2000-series cars (four generations earlier than the 5000-series) would still be exclusively in use on this line.

Furthermore, although the "Green Line" markings are clearly visible on each car, the CTA did not assign color to each line until 1995, so this line would have been known as the Englewood/Jackson Park branch in 1989, not the Green Line as depicted in 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 »

Connections

Features Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

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Can't Stop What I'm Feelin
Written by Stephen James Taylor
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A Small Little Gem!
14 April 2017 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Richard Tanne's 'Southside with You' is a pleasant surprise. A Small Little Gem, that's both charming & engrossing. And if you even thought watching the former U.S President & His Wife/Former First Lady going on their first date as a rather uninteresting concept for a film ...think again!

'Southside with You' Synopsis: 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.

'Southside with You' is a delightful tale of 2 people who went on to create history. You watch & observe them. Its all heart. 'Southside with You' is a love-story, but it also covers themes of racism & how America was back in the late 1980's. Although done subtly, the message is out loud and clear. Obama's Voice for equality & patience, is shown in great strength & it also shows us a leader who later came into power, because he knew the drill.

Tanne's Screenplay is excellent. The Writing is of Superior Quality. Not for a minute, does the Writing take a dip, its consistently crisp. Tanne's Direction, too, is superb. He's handled the film with precision. Cinematography is perfect. Editing is neat, culminating the film within a sharp 84-minutes. Art & Costume Design are perfectly done.

Performance-Wise: Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as a young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, respectively, bring in their A-Game. Parker is a revelation, channeling Obama with grit & tenderness. Tika is a live-wire, She portrays Michelle, with unmistakably honesty. Both the actors, deserve more work in the movies. They've got the stuff.

On the whole, 'Southside with You' is Magnificent. Don't dare to miss it.

And yes, I do miss the America when Obama was President!


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