“The timing couldn’t be better for Richard Tanne’s “Southside With You,” a fictionalized love story about the first date between the future President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. Set firmly in 1989 with references to Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “Rhythm Nation”-era Janet Jackson playing on the radio, the movie showcases a chain-smoking Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) minutes before they’re about to spend a day together on what she insists is “not a date.” What makes “Southside With You” work so beautifully is that it could be a romantic comedy about two strangers, but because the characters are based on two people we feel we know pretty well, it adds another layer to the unfolding relationship drama….”Southside with You” is equally clever and charming, and ultimately a pretty good date movie in its own right. Who would have guessed America’s favorite couple would also be this year’s most romantic on-screen couple?”—Edward Douglas, New York Daily News. PG-13. 84 Min.
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