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Southside With You

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Richard Tanne

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About the Movie

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to a sweet first kiss outside of a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream parlor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 147
  • Fresh: 135
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a small-scale romance with small ambitions but fairly big heart. – Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, Aug 31, 2016

Fresh: Southside With You has a claim to relevance for anyone who was moved even a little bit by the inauguration, or, almost 20 years earlier, by Do the Right Thing. – Andrew Lapin, NPR, Aug 25, 2016

Fresh: For a film with relatively modest intentions, Southside With You can stir up some epic and opposing waves of emotion. – Oliver Jones, New York Observer, Aug 26, 2016

Fresh: Southside With You showcases a city as photogenic, dynamic, and charming as the lovers themselves. – Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, Sep 1, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Absolutely loved this!

I absolutely loved this movie. Well acted

Best romance I've seen

Not a big romance guy but this movie is more than that. Great acting and dialogue. Beautiful images!

South side with you

My wife and I just watched it. Since we are Barack and Michelle fans, this movie blew us away. I have to admit that it was hard for me to hold back tears watching this amazing movie. Then to top it off with a song by john legend called " start ". I feel like tearing up right now just thinking about it. An instant classic motion picture. Thank you!