Who would have thunk it? First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama have kinda been our favorite aunt and uncle for the past eight years. So the thought of watching a film that chronicles their love story is like watching a family home video--except much, much better. Or so I'd like to think (and hope).
Writer/director Richard Tanne's SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU just looks like freshly baked apple pie: warm, fulfilling, and oh so American. Not to mention, wonderfully blerdy. Because you know a film about the Obamas. with their countless causes, boundless intelligence, and unlimited charisma, can only be blerdy. Guys, this may be the first blerd love story we've seen in a loooong while. Also, Tika Sumpter (who shines in the trailer as Michelle Obama) is finally taking center stage on the big screen, alongside Parker Sawyers (who despite not really looking like Barack Obama, he's got his affectations down pat in the trailer). I really, really hope this is good.
Oh, and did I mention that John Legend is the executive producer? Which means the soundtrack is going to be immensely sweet and beautifully written.
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.
Watch the trailer:
I'm here for it. Who's with me?
SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU opens in theaters August 26.