Southside With You

Synopsis: The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.
Director(s): Richard Tanne
Production: Miramax and Roadside Attractions
  1 win & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

( music playing )

- Lunch is almost up, honey.

- Okay.


- Thought it wasn't a date.

- It wasn't and it isn't.

Thought you said he was just

another smooth-talking brother.

You're going to an awful lot of trouble

for just another smooth-talker.

Mom, you know I try to look my best

no matter where I go

or who I'm going with.

It's fun to look pretty.

- He's a colleague.

- Okay, if you say so.

- Hello?

- Woman:
Hi, Bar.

Aren't you supposed to be on your date?

I've got a few minutes

before I need to leave.

You're not checking up on me now,

are you, too?

Well, maybe I am, but it's a

grandmother's God-given right.

You have a bad habit of being late.

And if you're late to the first date,

I can promise you

there won't be a second.

I won't be late.

But I appreciate it. How's Gramps?

"How's Gramps?" He's Gramps!

He's got his bridge game

on Tuesdays and Thursdays,

golf on the weekends,

but when he's home and bored,

well, what can I say, Bar?

- He drives me up the wall.

- Well, thank you, baby.

- Of course.

So, where you going looking so raggedy?

Girl's got herself a date.

- Oh.

- It's not a date, Daddy.

He's a summer associate

I told y'all about,

the one from Harvard Law.

I mentioned I worked legal aid

and he invited me to a

community event at the Gardens.

- Huh.

- Yeah.

Because it doesn't get more

romantic than broken plumbing

and underfunded schools.


Tell me the young lady's name again.

Michelle Robinson.

She's my advisor at the firm, remember?

And tell me again what she looks like.

- Well, she's tall.

- Uh-huh. What else?

- What else would you like to know?

- Well, where's she from?

- Chicago.

- Uh-huh.

- Which part?

- The side that's predominantly black.

- Okay, so she's...?

- Yes, Toot.

Her skin is of the darker persuasion.

Good. So long as you're happy, Bar.

That's all that really matters.

Thanks, Toot.

Now, I gotta go or I will be late.

- Okay. Love you.

- I love you, too.

Mr. Robinson:

So, what's this boy's name?

Barack Obama.

- Barack-a what-a?

- He's half white.

Ugh. His father's from Kenya

and his mother's white.

So, why isn't this a date?

We work together. It's inappropriate.

Mm, maybe,

but you are spending the day with him.

Yeah. The meeting sounded interesting.

Mr. Robinson:

even if it's not a date,

the least thing you could've done

is run a brush through your hair.

You look real nice, Meesh.

Thank you, Daddy.

This heat, this heat, this heat!

Hey, women wearing the freeze hairdo,

y'all doing that to keep cool

during the summer?

Sounds like a plan to me.

What are you doing to keep cool?

What are you doing to beat this heat?

Speaking of hot, hot, hot,

Janet's bringing the heat with the

number-one single in the country.

I miss it so much when I don't hear it.

I know you do, too.

So I'm playing it for me and for you.



Like an arrow going through my heart

That's the pain I feel

I feel whenever we're apart

Not to say that I'm in love with you

But who's to say that I'm not?

I just know that it feels wrong

When I'm away too long

It makes my body hot

So let me tell ya, baby

I'll tell your mama,

I'll tell your friends

I'll tell anyone

whose heart can comprehend

Send it in a letter, baby,

tell you on the phone

I'm not the kind of girl

who likes to be alone

- I miss you much

- Boy, oh, I miss you much

- I really miss you much

- M-I-S-S you much

- I miss you much, baby

- Boy, oh, I miss you much

- I really miss you much

- M-I-S-S you much

I'm rushing home

Just as soon as I can, uh!

I'm rushing home

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Richard Tanne

Richard Tanne (born February 4, 1985) is an American film director, writer, producer and actor. He made his feature directorial debut with the romance drama Southside with You (2016). more…

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