Step aside, “Southside With You,” there’s another fictionalized feature film about the life and times of young, pre-presidency Barack Obama on the way. Vikram Gandhi’s “Barry” takes place a few years before Richard Tanne’s recent release, which focused on the budding romance between twenty-something Barack and his future wife Michelle, but looks to dig into a just as essential time period in the eventual leader of the free world’s life.
“Barry” is set during the fall of 1981, when Obama — “Barry” to his friends — arrived in New York City to begin his junior year at Columbia University. Billed as a “nuanced, artistic exploration of a pivotal year in the life” of Obama, the film follows young Obama as he begins to grow into the person and politician he was meant to be, all set against the backdrop of a vibrant city and culture.
The film debuted at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival to stellar reviews — it’s currently sitting pretty at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes — and will hit Netflix just in time to enjoy the waning days of the 44th President of United States’ time in office.
“Barry” also stars Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane and Avi Nash. Check out the full trailer below.
“Barry” will be available to stream on Netflix starting on December 16.