Watch Teaser for ‘Barry,’ a Film About Pres. Obama
We’re less than 100 days away from the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, and given this year’s election cycle, many Americans wish he would stick around for a few more years. Unfortunately, come January 2017 the Obamas will be out of the White House, and all we’ll be left with are the sweet memories of their historic time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Oh, and several biopics.
Earlier this year, singer-turned-producer John Legend brought us Southside With You, a film about the Obamas’ first date, and now Netflix is diving into the president’s college years with Barry.
Here’s a synopsis of the film from the Toronto International Film Festival:
Twenty-year-old Barry arrives in a New York City where turf wars pervade every milieu, from the basketball courts to the university campus where he is bullied by police on his first night. He starts dating a white woman from his political science class. He attends a party in a Harlem housing project. With his Kenyan father and Kansas-born mother, Barry should be able to slip between racially coded camps. Instead, he feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere.
Rather than hammer home its themes of racial tension and ambivalence, Barry immerses us in its protagonist’s experience. Adam Mansbach’s script and Vikram Gandhi’s direction consistently show rather than tell. And Terrell lets us see Barry’s inner frustration mounting — even as the young man learns to exercise the external neutrality that will prove so useful later in his life.
Barry stars Australian actor Devon Terrell as a young Obama, as well as Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, Ashley Judd, and Jenna Elfman.
Barry hits Netflix on December 16.