Southside With You

Lists: Drama, Film Quest 2017

Brief Synopsis: "Southside With You chronicles a single day in the summer of 1989 when the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side."

Overall Ranking: 1091 (Rank from 2016: # 47)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 14.29%
Regular 71.43%
Half-Popped 14.29%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Zach Murphy85(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - Simple, elegant, and heartfelt, Southside With You is an earnest romantic comedy that captures the beginnings of our First Family with an unmistakable grace and dignity.
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Dan O'Neill80 - Sweet and heartfelt, Southside With You works regardless of oneís political opinions or beliefs, making us all see a little more about Barack and Michelle Obama than ever expected.
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David Baruffi80(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest70
Citizen Charlie61 - Operating on a micro-budget, Richard Tanne shows us a decent 1989 and an intriguing first date. Itís not Richard Linklaterís Before Sunrise, the best first date yet filmed, but itís a good starting point for the inevitable Obama movies to come.
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People Involved

  • Parker Sawyers (Barack Obama)
  • Tika Sumpter (Michelle Robinson)
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway ()
  • Phillip Edward Van Lear (Fraser C. Robinson)
  • Deanna Reed Foster (Bernadette)
  • Jerod Haynes (Tommy)
  • Gabrielle Lott-Rogers (Rafiqa)
  • Taylar Fondren (Janice)
  • Donn C. Harper (Curtis)
  • Preston Tate Jr. (Kyle)
  • Fred Nance Jr. (Nance Residence)
  • Donald Paul (Bow Tie)
  • Alex Zelenka (Museum goer)
  • Jeremy Michael Pereira (Bar Patron)
  • Richard Tanne (Director)