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Southside with You

southsidewithyouThe story of how a young associate at a Chicago law firm named Barack Obama went out on a first date in 1989 with his mentor, Michelle Robinson, may not seem all that special if the two of them hadn’t ended up getting married and moved into the White House in 2009 as President and Mrs. Obama. Over the course of a day, we see the two of them attending an art exhibition, a community meeting and watching Do the Right Thing at the movies. Romantic, tenderly directed, with great performances by the two leads, but never as universally relevant or penetrating as the director is hoping for.

2016-U.S. 84 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Richard Tanne. Cast: Tika Sumpter (Michelle Robinson), Parker Sawyers (Barack Obama), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Marian Robinson), Phillip Edward Van Lear, Deanna Reed-Foster.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by John Legend. Obama’s early years were also portrayed in the same year’s¬†Barry.

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