'Boyhood' Is Barack Obama's Favorite Movie of the Year

Michelle Obama Barack Obama - H 2014
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Michelle Obama Barack Obama - H 2014

The Obamas share their personal thoughts in a new interview

The film Boyhood has already garnered plenty of critical acclaim, but now it also can boast a presidential seal of approval. President Barack Obama singled it out in a recent interview he and first lady Michelle Obama did with People magazine.

"Boyhood was a great movie," said President Obama in an excerpt of his interview posted on Politico. "That, I think, was my favorite movie this year."

His wife, on the other hand, preferred to talk books. "I've read others [since, but] I read Gone Girl a couple summers ago, which is one of my favorites," said Mrs. Obama. "The book is much better than the movie."

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The couple's interview also touched on heavier topics, like their own experiences with racism. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys," said President Obama, adding that he had experienced this before. Mrs. Obama said her husband "had his share of troubles catching cabs" before he was president and added, "He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee."

"The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced," said the president. "It's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It's another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress."