A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.

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A look at the early life of Barack Obama. Before he became President of the United States, he was one of the few black students at Columbia University NY in the early 80's. Faced with judgmental and racist opinions all around him, he tries to find his place in the world.

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Before he was Barack, he was...

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Biography | Drama

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16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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The film takes place in the year of 1981 which is about eight years prior to the time Southside with You (2016) is set in which is the year of 1989. See more »

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Barry is seen wearing a Casio F91W watch throughout the movie. The movie is set in the early 1980's, but that model watch wasn't released until 1991. See more »

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Charlotte: Are you nervous about meeting my family?
Barry: Why? Do I look nervous to you?
Charlotte: No. You look like you're going into battle.
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Features Black Orpheus (1959) See more »

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Love Can Last Forever (Instrumental)
Written by Fredrik Löf
Performed by Instrumental Band
Courtesy of Light In The Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
Under License from Timmon Records
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Lost in Translation
29 July 2017 | by (Bangalore, India) – See all my reviews

Barry simply put is the early years of Barack Obama in New York and his struggles trying to fit himself among the people there. Simply put, it his the identity crises caused because of his mixed ethnicity.

Its a beautiful story on paper but in the hands of director Vikram Gandhi, this is a story lost in translation.

The movie starts of well as the young Barack moves into New York with a serious identity crisis. It is shown that he never as such connected with his Dad in Kenya, his years in Manila have changed him and he questions the things around him. He cannot mix with either the blacks or the whites. He has a nice sweet white girlfriend but due to the crisis inside him, he starts to move away from here. And he has loving mother beautifully played by Ashley Judd who tells him that all will be fine one day.

However, the writing is inconsistent and we are never ever able to understand or feel the chaos inside Obama. At some places the story is drifting and I was wondering what is happening. However, the ending saves the film from being a total washout.

Devon Terrell is a good actor and its too early for me to judge him through this film since the writing and directing are not upto the mark. He does put up a nice performance and I hope to see more of him soon.

The rest of the cast puts a commendable performance and the movie is worth a visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon.


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