Southside With You Movie Review

A first date can be awkward, to say the least. The romantic equivalent of a job interview, it can be a little nerve-wracking and maybe depending the daters, life changing.

The recent release, Southside With You, is the fictionalized account of the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama (nee Robinson). Set in the summer of 1989, Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) is a summer associate at a law firm in Chicago. His adviser at the firm is Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), a second year associate. She agrees to go out with him, but it is not a date. They are supposed to go to a community event. What is planned to be only a few hours becomes a day that will be eventful for both Barack and Michelle.

Movies about budding romances and first dates are common. What makes this film uncommon is that not only is based on a true story where the main players are still around, but it integrates politics into a narrative that has the standard plot points without the usual mush that is often contained in romantic comedies or dramas.

I recommend it.

Southside With You is presently in theaters.

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