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Southside With You is a walk-and-talk romance between an attractive, well-educated couple on their first date on a warm summer evening in 1989, when both were young lawyers in Chicago — the couple being Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle, then Michelle Robinson.
Richard Tanne’s directorial debut, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as the 20-something future first couple, with Obama a summer associate at the law firm where Robinson is a full-time associate.
“I am your advisor at your law firm. It would be tacky,” Robinson says in an exclusive clip from the film, which The Hollywood Reporter is debuting. She offers several reasons why she and Obama can’t pursue a romantic relationship, the most pressing of which being her unique, precarious position at the law firm as a minority female lawyer.
“How’s it going to look if I start dating the first cute black guy that walks through the law firm’s doors?,” Robinson asks, rhetorically. “You think I’m cute?” Obama shoots back (not rhetorically).
In his Sundance review, THR film critic Todd McCarthy wrote, “[Southside With You] makes you realize how few realistic and three-dimensional date movies have been made in an era of throbbing hook-up encounters and R-rated horny teen gross-outs.”
Southside With You hits theaters Friday.
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