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

Director:

Vikram Gandhi

Writer:

Adam Mansbach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Terrell ... Barry
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Charlotte
Jason Mitchell ... PJ
Ellar Coltrane ... Will
Jenna Elfman ... Kathy Baughman
Linus Roache ... Bill Baughman
Avi Nash ... Saleem
John Benjamin Hickey ... Professor Gray
Ashley Judd ... Ann Dunham
Sawyer Pierce Sawyer Pierce ... Thad
Eric Berryman ... Ali
Ralph Rodriguez ... Andre
Danny Henriquez Danny Henriquez ... Milton
Tessa Albertson ... Tina
Tommy Nelson ... Buzz
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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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Before he was Barack, he was...

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

The film takes place in the year of 1981 which is about eight years prior to the time Southside with You (2016) is set in which is the year of 1989. See more »

Goofs

Barry is seen wearing a Casio F91W watch throughout the movie. The movie is set in the early 1980's, but that model watch wasn't released until 1991. See more »

Quotes

Barry: You know, every time I open my mouth in class, it's like... I'm supposed to speak on behalf of all Black people. Meanwhile, I, uh... I quit going to Black Student Union meetings because I didn't feel like I belong there either.
Ann Dunham: The world is a big place, honey. You'll find your way.
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Written by Tony Pearson
Performed by Mr. Magic
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Under license from Tony Pearson
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Not insightful.
24 October 2019 | by AnyanwuSee all my reviews

The writing was not strong. I found it overly stereotypical regarding race, 1981 or not. The acting was fine but they really were not given material that could reveal a more appealing portrayal of Barry in his years at Columbia. It really does not add to what we know of Obama.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barry See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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