Richard Tanne directs Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter and Vanessa Bell Calloway in this romantic drama where the Obamas’ first date in the summer of 1989 is recreated.
A sweet little movie dramatising a gossipy footnote in history. Parker Sawyers makes a decent fist of Barack Begins… his scene addressing a community group replicates the authority and affability that saw 44 comfortably into the White House. The Before Sunset format is well renovated for this project’s needs but the small talk and big talk within never hits the iconic heights of Linklater’s classic.
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