Now some may find that a stretch but really it's not. I saw this film yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised. A love story about the first date between Michelle and Barack Obama. Southside with You is a 2016 American biographical romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Richard Tanne, in his feature film directorial debut. "[34], Stephanie Zacharek of Time described it as a "vivid and imaginative portrayal," and noted of the two lead performances that "Sawyers captures both the easy, loping rhythms of our future 44th President’s speech and the long-stride elegance of his carriage. [57] It also ranked the film #37 on its list of The 100 Best Black Movies of the 21st Century. [27], Southside with You received mostly positive reviews, with praise going to Tanne's direction and screenplay, as well as to the performances of Sumpter and Sawyers. ", "Barack and Michelle Obama's First Date Subject of New Movie", "How Do You Prepare to Play Michelle Obama? Libby also has a student spying on her. A gambler tries to help track down the men who hanged a rancher when he tried to thwart their cattle rustling operations by selling his ranch. [17] On April 28, 2016, Miramax released the first official trailer for the film. As part of her plan, she plots to seek out the ... See full summary ». Cast and credits. [8] On May 7, 2015, Parker Sawyers was cast as the young Barack Obama. The film stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as a young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, respectively, and focuses on the couple's first date in 1989. "[31], Critic Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called it "the date movie of the year," and described it as "gorgeously romantic. Southside with You is not a great film, yet it is one that will move every viewer. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 74. A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama. It's not perfect or powerful, but it's really what we need in this circus of an election; a gentle reminder that (usually) behind these political titans is a human being. 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. [23][24] The film went on to gross a total of $6.5 million against its $1.5 million budget. Hawaii 5. Producers. Southside With You Is Awkward and Unsure, But It Wins You Over The movie’s mix of romance and politics — both African-American and feminist politics — has a naïve kind of charm. Southside with You is a 2016 American biographical romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Richard Tanne, in his feature film directorial debut. [4] On December 5, 2014, Deadline reported that there would be a romance film titled Southside with You, based on the first date of American President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, set in Chicago, where the couple met in 1989 and married in 1992. Do You Believe In God? View production, box office, & company info, Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, smoking, a violent image and a drug reference, Drake Gets Obama's Stamp of Approval for Barack Biopic, Barack Obama Gives Drake The Greenlight To Portray Him In Future Biopic, Everything Coming to Hulu in December 2020, Everything Coming to Prime Video in October 2020, Films Released Theatrically in 2016 that I Want to Watch, Inspirational Women's History Leader Biopics, Presidents' Day - The Days That Made Presidents. Tanne imagines a … Chronicles the 1989 summer 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. [30], Justin Chang of Variety wrote that the film "stands as something unique, even audacious in American independent movies: a fact-based presidential "prequel" that seeks to present two iconic world figures as convincing and relatable romantic leads. "[35], The film was cited on many year-end lists including The New Yorker,[36] The Washington Post,[37] The San Francisco Chronicle,[38] The Hollywood Reporter,[39] Roger Ebert.com,[40] The Huffington Post,[41] Crave,[42] Medium[43] and Ain’t It Cool News. Collapse. Another Black Brother 4. Tika Sumpter Producer. [58] Entertainment website Collider included the film on its list of The 25 Best Romance Movies of the 21st Century. Actors. [13][14], The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016. Sumpter is equally terrific," adding that "she manifests perfectly the future First Lady's under-the-radar determination, always tempered by empathy. Southside with You. Tenacious Associate 11. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Read more. However when they meet in the morning, he tells her that the meeting is at 4pm and he wants to fill the time till then getting to know each other. [11] Filming was also done on Amstutz Expressway in Waukegan. [10], Principal photography on the film began on July 13, 2015 on location in Chicago, Illinois;[11] following that, several websites released photos from the set. A bisexual, mixed race, single bridal fashion designer maneuvers life and business in post colonial Africa. [5] Tika Sumpter would play Michelle, while no one had yet been cast in Barack's role. A lonely man's reflective sunday morning is interrupted by an unexpected visitor. Southside With You (663) IMDb 6.3 1h 24min 2016 PG-13 Barack and Michelle Obama's love story comes alive in this uplifting movie that follows the future president and first lady on their 1989 first date in Chicago's South Side. "Southside with You" is a new movie that open Friday and tells the story of Barack Obama's first date with the woman who would become his wife. The original idea was developed by Richard Tanne in 2007, after which he started writing the script. A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. You're Late 3. If you don't like the man, of course, you will not like the films. BBC Two. So begins the romantic comedy "Southside with You," a mostly-true account of the first date between our current President and the First Lady. Case Britton, gunslinger and wanted man, comes to town to meet his bride-to-be, stop a stagecoach robbery, and get even with the man who killed his brother. It is insightful and intelligent and you'll be glad that you saw if indeed you do. Southside With You They talk about Michelle’s hard-working idealistic parents, about Barack’s troubled background and his drunk dad. Helpful. "[33], Odie Henderson of RogerEbert.com gave the film four-out-of-four stars, stating that it is "at once a love song to the city of Chicago and its denizens, an unmistakably Black romance and a gentle, universal comedy," adding that "it is unapologetic about all three of these elements, and interweaves them in such a subtle fashion that they become more pronounced only upon later reflection. It's been a long time since I've watch two adults on screen having a conversation for ninety minutes. At Least We Can Agree 10. Chronicles the 1989 summer afternoon when the future President of the United States, Certificate: Passed [6], On April 10, 2015, IM Global came on board to produce the film with producer Robert Teitel. "[28] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 159 reviews, with an average rating of 7.33/10. Disc #1 -- Southside With You 1. Action. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU brings that magical encounter to life as it follows Barack and Michelle on a day-long date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of Do the Right Thing to an unforgettable first kiss. [44], Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film #86 on its list of Top 100 Romance Movies of all time. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. [20][21], Southside with You was released in North America on August 26, 2016, and was initially projected to gross around $2 million from 813 theaters in its opening weekend. Directed by Richard Tanne. "Southside With You" is a sweet, romantic film, but one that is layered with intelligence, relationship, and character building. Upon its premiere at Sundance, it immediately garnered positive buzz with Essence writing that "critics gave it two very enthusiastic thumbs up, calling it a classic romance story. 7. This FAQ is empty. Search for "Southside with You" on Amazon.com, Title: Black Ghetto Life 6. Southside With You is also about a date, a first date in the Chicago summer of 1989 between the then-unknown Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and … With Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear. At the community organizing meeting, Obama gives a rousing speech which is well-received by the audience including Robinson. "[29] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The film stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as a young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, respectively, and focuses on the couple's first date in 1989. Richard Tanne Producer. I Feel Your Pain 8. Southside with You It's an engaging re-imagining of the Obamas' first date. Journey with us back through history and rediscover cities of the underworld. 'Southside With You' Review: Michelle And Barack Obama's First Date Charms A Chicago couple go on a first-date-that's-not-a-date in 1989 in Southside With You.Her name is Michelle. The casts of both films did excellent work. Ana Rios is a former Miami police detective-turned-lawyer who becomes hell-bent on seeking revenge after tragedy shakes her stable existence. Libby teaches at a university but 4 years ago she was top aide to VP Rachel and was part of a total victory action. Southside with You is full of interesting dialog and discussions that really follow the natural arc of conversations. Southside also operates a network of 83 local ATMs/ITMs and is affiliated with more than 55,000 foreign ATMs worldwide. [6][10][12] Filming wrapped on July 31, 2015. John Legend, Tracey Bing. The website's critical consensus states, "Southside with You looks back on a fateful real-life date with strong performances and engaging dialogue, adding up to a romance that makes for a pretty good date movie in its own right. More. Like “Before Sunrise,” a film which invites comparison, “Southside with You” is a two-hander that's top-heavy with dialogue, walking and a knowing sense of location. [26] On November 10, 2018, the film had its cable television premiere on BET, airing back-to-back with BET Presents: Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration, a televised 2016 White House concert that honored the Presidency of Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack Obama tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson during a daylong date. Richard Tanne Director. From executive producer John Legend. Southside with You is an Romance, Drama movie that was released in 2016 and has a run time of 1 hr 21 min. "[32], Richard Brody of The New Yorker touted Tanne's first film as "an opening act of superb audacity," and described it as "a fully realized, intricately imagined, warmhearted, sharp-witted, and perceptive drama, one that sticks close to its protagonists while resonating quietly but grandly with the sweep of a historical epic. Chronicles the 1989 summer 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. Music Played. Harvard Law School student Barack Obama, while working as a summer associate at a Chicago law firm in 1989, arranges to meet Michelle Robinson, a young lawyer and his supervisor at the firm ostensibly to go to a community organizing meeting. Read more. (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. [7] In April 2015, Sumpter talked with Vulture about her preparations to play Michelle, and stated that she was "nervous" because she was about to play "Michelle Obama, who is everything every woman wants to be," and also said that she was reading some poetry and books to get to know more about Michelle, so she could portray the role better. [22] It ended up grossing $2.9 million, a per-theater average of $3,762. We all remember our first date, but do we every think about someone else's first date, … [59], BET Presents: Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration, "What critics say about 'Southside with You' movie based on the Obamas' first date", "Obama Romance Movie In Works – Who Will Play Young Barack? Sat 10 Oct 2020 00:50. Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered critical acclaim. [6] Tanne would make his directing debut on the film, based on his own script, and producing alongside Tika Sumpter. Condition is "Lightly Used". Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? I found the conversation interesting and compelling. Chocolate Ice Cream [6:28] … Parker Sawyers is known for his work on Southside with You (2016), Big Game (2014) and The Mummy (2017). 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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. ‘Southside With You’ imagines Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) stepping out with Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter). This movie is for a mature audience but for different reasons. Kudos to Sumter and Sawyers, who -- in the way they depict everything from how Barack lights a cigarette to how Michelle defuses an argument -- reveal both the strengths and the challenges of this relationship. It was released theatrically in the United States on August 26, 2016, by Miramax and Roadside Attractions, and grossed over $6.5 million worldwide. They visit an African art exhibition at a local art center which features an Ernie Barnes exhibit, and share stories about growing up while walking through a park. As we descend beneath our modern day cities, we are met with ancient and hidden secrets. Add the first question. Start watching Southside with You. 1 hour, 15 minutes Last on. Real Life Struggle 9. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU Movie Poster. Use the HTML below. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Rachel is now US president and worried about Libby keeping quiet. Stream thousands of shows and movies, with plans starting at … So, whether you are just starting out, planning for retirement, financing a new car or home or looking to build or expand your business, Southside wants to be your bank of choice. I found them both touching tributes to President Barack Obama, a man I admire greatly. And on that particular score, Tanne's movie — toplined by the very well-cast Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers — is pretty much an unqualified success. (2016). 18 of 31 people found this review helpful. [3][2], Southside with You became available on Digital HD on November 29, 2016 and Blu-Ray and DVD on December 13, 2016 from Lionsgate and Miramax. 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