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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
2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Written and Directed by Richard Tanne 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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Details

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:

$2,868,956, 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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in fifteen days. 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 »


Soundtracks

Close the Door
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records & Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Loved this movie!!
28 August 2016 | by ProfessorSmashmouthSee all my reviews

I don't normally like biopics of living subjects as I think you have to let time pass to truly measure a historical figure, but this is not a movie about Barack and Michelle Obama, the president and first lady, it is about a pair of young unknown young professionals making a go of it in Chicago and trying to squeeze in romance while trying to climb the corporate ladder. Like them or hate them, it was hard to not identify with some of the awkwardness that is typical of first dates and find humor in some of the situations that we have all found ourselves in - except this is the future president. It was great seeing them at the beginning. I am not sure they should have had the scene of them standing close to a flaming trash barrel in the winter in Chicago warming their hands over the copies of the constitution and American flags they kept tossing into the flames as some people might get the wrong idea. I also think maybe they should have not had the future president lighting up the blunts as he walked on water and tossed rotten tomatoes at the Israeli consulate. The part of Obama explaining away the actions of the Islamo fascists in Iran was also enlightening however. Great movie!


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