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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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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie Michelle Obama and Barack Obama saw on their first date was Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) and the event is included as part of this picture and includes footage from this film which is seen within the movie. 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

Hey Young World
Written by Slick Rick (as Ricky M. L. Walters)
Performed by Slick Rick
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A weak and try hard attempt at romance
6 September 2016 | by secretzfanSee all my reviews

Southside with You tries to tell the romantic story of Obama and Michelle's relationship by giving us a deep look into the lives of the future best family in the U.S, but sadly it falters a bit as it tries to make the romance interesting with thought provoking debates about the world and there clashing ideals. The film just lacks a lot of focus on what it wants to really be and how much of the story it wants to tell.

The acting is actually the best part of the film as Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers really try there best to the weak script compelling and interesting to see. There chemistry is quite incompatible and makes for a fun and engaging experience to see portrayed on the screen.

But good chemistry can't save a pretty meh script and pretty average directing done by Richard Tanne. The film just can't engage you enough and instead feels dull and also really boring to watch as well.

Overall Southside by You tries to be interesting but misses the mark


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