I was prepared for so much more in this film and there was not. It wasa first date that I could have missed. I love the couple (fictional andnon Fictional) however the movie was uninteresting. I could have waitfor the DVD. THUMBS DOWN! I can't wait to view Don't breathe And Ben-Hur, Im sure I will be much more entertained. Love ya TIKA but thisfilm did not make a splash with me. I did like the way they made sureto remind us of the nasty habit that our President use to have withthose cigarettes, they made sure to put one in his mouth more thenoften. The car was the high light of the film really because itreminded us that he really was Southside Chicago. And at one point onecould walk the southside streets. My cousins and I did when I wascoming up and would visit every summer.
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The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America
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The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America wooed his future First Lady on a first date across Chicago's South Side.
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After meeting people who actually grew up with the characters and hearing what their lives were really like, this was 100% fabricated. Not at all believable. I would not waste my time or my money. I cannot figure out why any producer would place their money on this movie. It was sappy and unreal in almost every way. The characters did not accurately portray the real people in any way. Not physically, not in gesture or in persona. It was so fake and so phony it almost appears to be political propaganda material. I prefer to watch biographical movies that are at least based on some sort of reality. If I want to watch fiction, I will go to a fictional movie. We had to leave the theater before it was over. Truly horrible.
The benefit of making a biographical film about a long deceasedstatesman or woman is we can lionize them at will without having thepropensity of sounding political. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Wilson(1944), John Adams (2008) all concerned themselves with figures thatwere long-gone and if controversy was to be had it was a low murmur atbest. On the opposite side of the spectrum there are the maladroitpolitical screeds. Your Iron Lady's (2011) and Primary Color's (1998);movies which are to varying degrees satirical admonishments and adhominum attacks.
Southside with You covers a third category which is exceedingly rare,especially in today's culture of "kill your Gods". The film takes placeover a day in the life of a young Michelle Robinson (Sumpter) and ayoung Barack Obama (Sawyers) as they go on a first date. During theircourtship they take in a community organizing event, an art exhibit,multiple walks through the park and a movie. While doing so they get toknow about each other and plow through their insecurities, their familylives and their plans for the future. That's basically it; our firstfilm fictionalization of President Barack Obama is not some big epicnor a under-the-radar satire. No, this film is basically Before Sunrise(1995) without the sexual tension.
As our two leads, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are dead-ringers tothe current occupants of the White House; down to their mannerisms,speech patterns and general way about them. As actors they are bothreliably charming, have great chemistry together and evoke sympathywith very little coaxing. I genuinely felt compassion for thesecharacters and the layers of social and emotional pressures they face.
Which is just as well because the script is about as heavy-handed andclunky as a Sunday school sermon. Within the first five minutes we knowthat we're going to spend our time with interesting people becausetheir resumes were pretty much announced like they were on a datingshow. Here's Michelle Robinson who matriculated from Princeton beforegetting her Junior Doctorates from Harvard Law. Her brother is abasketball coach at Brown and her dad has MS. Young Barack is a youngsummer associate who is going to Harvard Law and was born in Hawaii. Hebriefly worked as a Gardens community organizer while going to Columbiaand for a young man he's surprisingly well traveled. He likes pie andhates ice cream.
As they get to know each other, the poorly concealed wounds of anabsent father and a bi-racial upbringing keep the drama alive thoughfor the most part writer/director Richard Tanne goes through greatpains to make Obama look like the patron Saint of Chicago's southside.Granted even terrible people put their best foot forward when on afirst date but man this guy lays it on thick. Every time Michelle meetsone of his friends they keep nudging her and saying "he's a keeper".She replies "We're not dating," because of course she would. Cue theheartfelt speech about working together and not judging people beforeyou get to know them; and kiss in three, two...
Now apparently a lot of the events of the film are true to life. BarackObama was a summer associate at the law firm Michelle was working atand Michelle did initially refuse to go on a date with him. They didin-fact see Do the Right Thing (1989) and did in-fact go get BaskinRobbins afterward. Yet if these two characters were purely fictional,chances are you'd be bored out of your mind watching this movie. Ifever there was an example of a true story that isn't interesting enoughto be a movie, this is clearly it; especially given the "will they orwon't they" tension that actually makes movies like these bearable isabsent.
Southside with You is an innocent, easily digestible and easilyforgettable puff piece on the level of a Teen Beat article asking Sashawho her favorite One Direction member is. That in itself is not theworst thing in the world, but given that the real life Obama is still alightning rod of controversy, this film is quite the letdown bycomparison.