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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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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Richard Tanne, all of the main events of the film did actually occur on the Obama's first date with the exception of the community meeting which happened at a later date. See more »

Goofs

When Barack and Michelle talk beside Lake Michigan the modern Chicago skyline is clearly visible in the background. Most notably visible in several shots are Trump Tower (completed in 2009) and the newer portions of the Lakeshore East development, neither of which existed in 1989. 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

I Gave to You
Written by William Hart
Performed by The Delfonics
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Better Than Expected
6 September 2016 | by waznojake2001See all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the actors captured the essence of the Obamas wonderfully; what they may have lacked in appearance they certainly had in spirit.

The movie that kept popping into my head while watching Southside With You was My Dinner with Andre. Now some may find that a stretch but really it's not. It's been a long time since I've watch two adults on screen having a conversation for ninety minutes. I found the conversation interesting and compelling. (The other movie that comes to mind is Mind Walk)

A lot of folks will skip this film because it lacks over-the-top drama, action and violence. This movie is for a mature audience but for different reasons. It is insightful and intelligent and you'll be glad that you saw if indeed you do.


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