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Southside with You

  • Starring: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter
  • Director: Richard Tanne
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 81 min.

One summer afternoon in 1989, a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor

"Southside with You is a rewarding bite-sized drama, rich with characters who we already know, but also don’t really know."
- Michael Roffman, Consequence of Sound
"A warm and surprisingly engaging account of the first date of Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson."
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Fortunately, Tanne didn't have to compromise at all with his two charismatic leads: Not only are they dead ringers for Barack and Michelle, but they go beyond impression to deliver something real and human-sized."
- Kyle Buchanan, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Most nuanced and effective in the feeling of getting to know someone the first time, when the evident foretelling is put to the side, this is simply an absorbing love story."
- Jordan Raup, The Film Stage
"Tanne's impeccably acted two-hander examines the Obamas through an infectious, talky script loaded with keen observations, not unlike the appeal of its subjects."
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Richard Tanne’s writing-directing debut deepens into a pointed, flowing conversation about the many challenges (and varieties) of African-American identity, the need for both idealism and compromise, and the importance of making peace with past disappointments in order to effect meaningful change in the future."
- Justin Chang, Variety