Tika Sumpter's decorated and convincing Michelle Obama says it best - "it's just tacky." While Southside with You does have the inevitable hints of what would eventually occur, and the audiences do endure the dramatic irony of it all, it's still surprisingly wholesome, well-acted, and short enough to compliment a real first date. Feels like "Before Sunrise" in a lot of respects, though time is replaced with period.
Before Sunrise starring the Obamas. For the most part, this is an apolitical romantic drama about two people discovering one another. With shades of Demme's Philadelphia, Chicago looks beautiful and the film succeeds in transporting us to 1989. At times it can be contrived but it's fully engaging and surprising.