Must Watch: Trailer for Obamas' First Date Film 'Southside with You'

April 28, 2016
Source: YouTube

Southside with You Trailer

"Pretty good setting to bring a girl…" Roadside Attractions has debuted a fantastic trailer for Southside with You, the film from Sundance this year that retells Barack Obama's first date in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers plays Obama, and Tika Sumpter plays Michelle Robinson, and they're perfect together in this - they have chemistry that just works wonders. The film is being compared to Before Sunrise and you'll see why with this trailer - there are many gorgeous shots of them strolling around Chicago, and it has that magical romantic feeling every frame. It's a wonderful film - read my Sundance review. Don't miss this.

Here's the first official trailer for Richard Tanne's Southside with You, direct from YouTube:

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside with You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when 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 both written & directed by newcomer Richard Tanne, of the short film You Never Left previously. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year - read my review here. Roadside Attractions will release Southside with You starting August 26th this summer. It's worth seeing.

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I already know how its going to end

Jon Odishaw on Apr 28, 2016


Don't we all? 🙂

Alex Billington on Apr 29, 2016


Well, it must be a nice story. And nicely done. Which is its downside, really. But I think this guy is not so sweet when it comes to fight for more just society. But then again, US is not my country so I'm not having very much interest in this beautifying product ...

shiboleth on Apr 28, 2016


Might be actually ok. Thanx OBammmaz

Carpola on Apr 28, 2016


Did we watch the same trailer? Maximum cheese with no toppings. A definite Obameh.

redtie on Apr 28, 2016


Of course it's cheese. It's a cheesy romance story about a guy that became the President. Might be an Obummer, probably so, but it will still be watchable. Not that I'll ever watch it, but maybe my mum will on the Hallmark channel.

Carpola on Apr 29, 2016


I think the target audience will find this very watchable.

redtie on Apr 29, 2016


Maximum cheese? Are you kidding? No cheese at all, this is genuine. I've seen the film and it's rather wonderful.

Alex Billington on Apr 29, 2016


I'm having a very hard time not reading everything as cheese since, we're so close to the source material. To me, the trailer seems like a SNL skit with no punchline. I'd be a little worried this might turn out like Harry Potter, where the film makes less sense if you haven't already read the books. Do you think this film would hold up on it's own if it weren't about the sitting U.S. president? I'm a little queasy with anything that seems to feed the cult of the presidency.

redtie on Apr 29, 2016


Yes, it does hold up, because it has nothing to do with the presidency. It has to do with two people falling in love, a beautiful story of romance like Before Sunrise. There are wonderful moments of chemistry that we get to observe. Would you say Before Sunrise isn't worthy of acclaim just because you don't know these two people in real life? This seems like a rather absurd argument especially because it's a good film on its own.

Alex Billington on Apr 30, 2016


In short, it's hard for me to take the film seriously. I think the film would be better if it weren't about a current sitting US President and his wife. The rest is ranting. Before Sunrise is more worthy of acclaim because the movie has to make you feel invested in the imaginary characters. BS does not rely on your a posteriori knowledge of the characters. It's fine that the movie is playing into people's knowledge of the president, you want people to see the film. From what you've stated, it's a good film. Maybe I will give it a try in a few years, just not now while I'm disgusted with this administration. It'll be much easier to watch when Donald Dickhead wins and Barack will seem even more classy. This reminds me a little of the book "Ready Player One." To me, the book was so, so because the author relies heavily on your ability to remember 80s and 90s popculture to create the world. "Remember 'Galaga'? well that's what this scene looks like." end description of scene.

redtie on May 13, 2016


I wonder if the sequel will be more like house of cards... just keep it going like a multi-genre and generational epic

CDR on Apr 28, 2016


Yeah...pass. Hard pass.

DAVIDPD on Apr 28, 2016


Politics aside...(those who know me already read my comments about this film in past posts) I am very open to this...for the very reason that Tika Sumpter, much like Nate Parker...invested time and their souls to produce their passion project. I have a lot of respect for artists that put themselves out there and create their own doors to do their thing. I am also unapologetically an advocate for film I thank anyone who can help germinate the minds of the next generation of filmmakers and can show them that anyone from any country and any culture can tell their story....even a little boy from Trinidad.... 🙂 It ain't Civil War...ain't supposed to be.... but I do appreciate this film.

Duane on Apr 29, 2016

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