23 user 29 critic
2:11 | Trailer
A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.



3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barry
... Charlotte
... PJ
... Will
... Kathy Baughman
... Bill Baughman
... Saleem
... Professor Gray
... Ann Dunham
Sawyer Pierce ... Thad
Eric Berryman ... Ali
... Andre
Danny Henriquez ... Milton
... Tina
... Buzz


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Before he was Barack, he was...


Biography | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Барри  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The nick-name of Barack Obama (Devon Terrell) in his earlier years was "Barry" which is this movie's title. See more »


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 »


Barry: You know, every time I open my mouth in class, it's like... I'm supposed to speak on behalf of all Black people. Meanwhile, I, uh... I quit going to Black Student Union meetings because I didn't feel like I belong there either.
Ann Dunham: The world is a big place, honey. You'll find your way.
See more »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Barack Obama Rising
16 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

This was the first movie that popped up tonight when I got on Netflix; I didn't hesitate to start it up. I personally don't understand all of the mediocre reviews. This movie shows a part of our president's past, and it shows that he is a human being just like us. Barack Obama went through all of the troubles that we go through in everyday life; love, heartache, trying to find himself, ridicule, fights, etc. This movie shows all of those things, and it shows us another side of this great man. This movie mainly takes place in New York City when Barack was attending Harvard. It shows what his college life was like, and man did he have a hard time. This movie shows you what it was like back in that time period. No, this is not the Barack Obama that we know and love (some people hate) yet, but it shows who he was before he found his calling in life. If you like inspiring movies that keep your attention, you should definitely give this one a watch. It will definitely give you more insight into how Barack Obama became the man he is today.

34 of 63 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page