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Southside With You


Stars: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Director: Richard Tanne

A remarkably rose-coloured account of the initial courtship of Michelle and Barack Obama: yes, it's sweet, but also dull. We see Barack making an impassioned speech in support of a local community centre, and learn a little about their respective backgrounds.

The performances are OK, although, if we were being technically picky, we might observe that Sumpter, although cute, is nowhere near tall enough to play Michelle. In fact, apart from a passing interest in how the players match up to their real-life counterparts, this is pretty much a non-event.

David Quinlan

USA 2016. UK Distributor: Soda. Technicolor.
78 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 25 Jan 2017

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