Released Year: 2016
Runtime: 84 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Directors: Richard Tanne
Writers: Richard Tanne
Casts: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Taylar Fondren, Deanna Reed-Foster, Jerod Haynes, Gabrielle Lott-Rogers, Preston Tate Jr., Donn C. Harper, Tom McElroy, Stephanie Monday, Eric Morgan Stuart, Deborah Geffner
IMDB: Southside with You (2016) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.3
Chicago Sun-Times -
Southside with You is a sweet, intelligent, well-crafted, wonderfully romantic, no-frills re-imagination of the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson.
The Hollywood Reporter -
The result makes you realize how few realistic and three-dimensional date movies have been made in an era of throbbing hook-up encounters and R-rated horny teen gross-outs.
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.
New York Daily News -
What makes Southside With You work so beautifully is that it could be a romantic comedy about two strangers, but because the characters are based on two people we feel we know pretty well, it adds another layer to the unfolding relationship drama.
Southside with You (2016)
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.