The First Family of the United States is vacation-bound this weekend, and it looks like the Obamas are eager to spend their off time catching up on some true American originals.
Filmmaker Ira Sachs, whose latest film, the totally delightful “Little Men,” is hitting limited release this weekend, received a curious email this week, which he happily posted on his Facebook account. Turns out, the president and his family have a couple of requests for their movie-watching while hanging loose at Martha’s Vineyard, and one film in particular they’d like to check out is Sachs’ newest feature. Take a look:
The film, which in typical Sachs style is set in his hometown of New York City, would be a canny choice for the Obamas to watch. On its surface, it’s a family-friendly film about the burgeoning bond between two fast friends (Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri), who are thrown together when Taplitz’s Jake moves to Barbieri’s Tony’s Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s a great pick for summer, as much of the feature follows Jake and Tony as they kind of run wild around the city, having all sorts of fun adventures (including, no joke, a show-stopping visit to an acting class).
And it, also features stellar acting from both its younger stars and its more established talent, including Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle. It’s got something for everyone!
But “Little Men” is also about familial bonds, fiscal responsibilities (Tony’s mom rents a shop from Jake’s parents, with terrible results) and the continuing creep of gentrification into Brooklyn at large. It’s the kind of film that you’d hope the leader of the free world would make a priority to watch, and it seems like Obama is doing just that.
“Little Men” is in limited release today.