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Check out Obama's roots in the trailer for the Netflix original movie Barry

11.21.2016

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A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates. Check out the following trailer for the Netflix original, BARRY!

The trailer itself doesn't look like it brings anything new to the table, but I am really interested in the cast. Devon Terrell does a dead-on Obama impression, and I'm also excited to see the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy (THE WITCH) and Ellar Coltrane (BOYHOOD) in the mix. I have no doubt that Obama's real-life story is compelling, so we'll see if director Vikram Gandhi and Co. can translate that to a solid Netflix film.

BARRY hits Netflix on December 16, 2016.

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10:37AM on 11/22/2016

Oh. My. Stars!

Three people are upset someone made a movie about the most famous living human being in the galaxy. What is we gone do? What is we gone do?
Three people are upset someone made a movie about the most famous living human being in the galaxy. What is we gone do? What is we gone do?
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2:54PM on 11/22/2016
A movie being made, again, about him is not why it upsets me. It's the fact that the movie will make him look like a hero and not say a word about who and what he truly is. They'll hide all the bad stuff proving that.
A movie being made, again, about him is not why it upsets me. It's the fact that the movie will make him look like a hero and not say a word about who and what he truly is. They'll hide all the bad stuff proving that.
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9:23PM on 11/21/2016

No interest....

Not only is it stupid to do a bio on someone who hasn't even left office yet, there is no one on the planet that thinks Netflix is going to show the shadier side of Obama's upbringing. It's going to be a worship piece, so if you love him it will probably make you feel all warm and fuzzy and if you don't it will probably be terrible.

Personally I'd think it would be hysterical if they'd go over his college transcripts, which he still steadfastly refuses to release (kind of curious for
Not only is it stupid to do a bio on someone who hasn't even left office yet, there is no one on the planet that thinks Netflix is going to show the shadier side of Obama's upbringing. It's going to be a worship piece, so if you love him it will probably make you feel all warm and fuzzy and if you don't it will probably be terrible.

Personally I'd think it would be hysterical if they'd go over his college transcripts, which he still steadfastly refuses to release (kind of curious for someone who was by all accounts a good student).
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2:02AM on 11/22/2016
Wonderfully said. :-)
Wonderfully said. :-)
4:15PM on 11/21/2016
This looks good. It will definitely show the roots of a man who will go down as the best president this country ever had. Now we're stuck with an idiot reality star with his republican comrades and right wing fanatics that ruin this country when Bush was in office.
This looks good. It will definitely show the roots of a man who will go down as the best president this country ever had. Now we're stuck with an idiot reality star with his republican comrades and right wing fanatics that ruin this country when Bush was in office.
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5:19PM on 11/21/2016
Obama is not only an awful President, but also an awful man.

Communist Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's mentor growing up. He said he was listening to his poetry and getting advice on his career path from him. This was mentioned in his book Dreams From My Father. In the book though he just called Frank Marshall Davis, Frank. Not surprisingly he hid his full name...The man was on the FBI's watch-list.

It will probably also leave out the part where Obama sought out Marxist professors. Also
Obama is not only an awful President, but also an awful man.

Communist Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's mentor growing up. He said he was listening to his poetry and getting advice on his career path from him. This was mentioned in his book Dreams From My Father. In the book though he just called Frank Marshall Davis, Frank. Not surprisingly he hid his full name...The man was on the FBI's watch-list.

It will probably also leave out the part where Obama sought out Marxist professors. Also his birth father being a Socialist...The book was called 'Dreams FROM My Father'. Not 'Dreams OF My Father'.

And he has lied so much to the American people to get the bills he wants passed...And to let you know. I did not vote for Trump or EVIL Hillary.
8:20PM on 11/21/2016
You criticize everything else, but you think THIS looks good????

Congrats on the Indians winning the World Series this year, I guess.
You criticize everything else, but you think THIS looks good????

Congrats on the Indians winning the World Series this year, I guess.
2:45PM on 11/21/2016
I actually know very little about Obama's life (never bothered to read anything about it) and while I'm intrigued I can't help but feel this will be a sanitized version of events without the courage to look at some of the more radical figures in is life at the time. By the way does anyone know If that stuff about the police or him being the only black person in is classes is true? If not It seems like a very hackey artistic licence.
I actually know very little about Obama's life (never bothered to read anything about it) and while I'm intrigued I can't help but feel this will be a sanitized version of events without the courage to look at some of the more radical figures in is life at the time. By the way does anyone know If that stuff about the police or him being the only black person in is classes is true? If not It seems like a very hackey artistic licence.
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2:28PM on 11/21/2016
Obama's roots, huh?...Well this movie will of course leave how the important part about him having a Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, growing up. He said he was listening to his poetry and getting advice on his career path from him. This was mentioned in his book Dreams From My Father. In the book though he just called Frank Marshall Davis, Frank. Not surprisingly he hid his full name...The man was on the FBI's watch-list.

It will probably also leave out the part where Obama sought
Obama's roots, huh?...Well this movie will of course leave how the important part about him having a Communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, growing up. He said he was listening to his poetry and getting advice on his career path from him. This was mentioned in his book Dreams From My Father. In the book though he just called Frank Marshall Davis, Frank. Not surprisingly he hid his full name...The man was on the FBI's watch-list.

It will probably also leave out the part where Obama sought out Marxist professors. Also his birth father being a Socialist...The book was called 'Dreams FROM My Father'. Not 'Dreams OF My Father'.
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2:41PM on 11/21/2016
I actually think there is a very interesting film to made of Obama's roots, an unsanitized one that actually deals with the shadier people who informed his worldview and shaped his politics. Mind you I'm not talking about a hit piece just an honest portrayal. This does not look like that, and my biggest worry is that it wont have the courage or conviction to show anything negative.
I actually think there is a very interesting film to made of Obama's roots, an unsanitized one that actually deals with the shadier people who informed his worldview and shaped his politics. Mind you I'm not talking about a hit piece just an honest portrayal. This does not look like that, and my biggest worry is that it wont have the courage or conviction to show anything negative.
3:23PM on 11/21/2016
"and my biggest worry is that it wont have the courage or conviction to show anything negative."

Of course it won't. This movie is going to paint Obama as a hero.
"and my biggest worry is that it wont have the courage or conviction to show anything negative."

Of course it won't. This movie is going to paint Obama as a hero.
9:04PM on 11/21/2016
Perhaps you need a little more research on the topic, Bob. Keep in mind how quick our government during that time would label anyone a communist that exhibited dissenting views. Davis was associated with multiple other groups on social and racial inequality issues. He hated the Jim Crow laws and wanted African Americans to have constitutional rights. Was he a communist for being pro-labor and advocate civil rights? He was an activist, sure. He was critical of American society, but not America
Perhaps you need a little more research on the topic, Bob. Keep in mind how quick our government during that time would label anyone a communist that exhibited dissenting views. Davis was associated with multiple other groups on social and racial inequality issues. He hated the Jim Crow laws and wanted African Americans to have constitutional rights. Was he a communist for being pro-labor and advocate civil rights? He was an activist, sure. He was critical of American society, but not America as a country. Why didn't his son ever know about this relationship with Obama? Davis wasn't a 'mentor', they never spoke after Obama was in college.
9:19PM on 11/21/2016
Um Fury, Obama called him a "mentor" in his book. Davis was also a drug dealer and had a penchant for sex with underage girls. But you know, don't let the facts get in the way or anything....
Um Fury, Obama called him a "mentor" in his book. Davis was also a drug dealer and had a penchant for sex with underage girls. But you know, don't let the facts get in the way or anything....
9:25PM on 11/21/2016
@fury159 "Perhaps you need a little more research on the topic, Bob. Keep in mind how quick our government during that time would label anyone a communist that exhibited dissenting views."

Frank Mashall Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

"Davis wasn't a 'mentor', they never spoke after Obama was in college."

YES HES WAS. Obama said so in his own book.He said that he gave him advice on his career path.

I did research on the topic, but apparently you didn't,
@fury159 "Perhaps you need a little more research on the topic, Bob. Keep in mind how quick our government during that time would label anyone a communist that exhibited dissenting views."

Frank Mashall Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

"Davis wasn't a 'mentor', they never spoke after Obama was in college."

YES HES WAS. Obama said so in his own book.He said that he gave him advice on his career path.

I did research on the topic, but apparently you didn't, apparently you haven't, at all.
2:03AM on 11/22/2016
Kudos to you, Des1. ;-)
Kudos to you, Des1. ;-)
12:59PM on 11/23/2016
Haven't heard back from fury159 yet...Interesting.
Haven't heard back from fury159 yet...Interesting.
3:19PM on 11/23/2016
You know, I did have it wrong on the 'mentor' part and I apologize for that. Just so we're clear, I'm not being cynical or argumentative. As you pointed out, Davis was listed as a member by the FBI, but much of it seems to be scarce after '52. Although it wasn't until '63 when he was removed from the security index. And as I pointed out, he was associated with multiple other groups at the time. I still maintain he wasn't much of a Communist, there's no evidence that suggests he spied for the
You know, I did have it wrong on the 'mentor' part and I apologize for that. Just so we're clear, I'm not being cynical or argumentative. As you pointed out, Davis was listed as a member by the FBI, but much of it seems to be scarce after '52. Although it wasn't until '63 when he was removed from the security index. And as I pointed out, he was associated with multiple other groups at the time. I still maintain he wasn't much of a Communist, there's no evidence that suggests he spied for the Soviets.
3:44PM on 11/23/2016
"there's no evidence that suggests he spied for the Soviets."

Being a communist doesn't mean that that's what you do...Van Jones, who Obama hired to his admin, was an admitted communist, but he didn't do any spying.
"there's no evidence that suggests he spied for the Soviets."

Being a communist doesn't mean that that's what you do...Van Jones, who Obama hired to his admin, was an admitted communist, but he didn't do any spying.
4:04PM on 11/23/2016
Do you believe he still is a communist? If he still is, that's a bit a stretch, but in his youth, yeah, he admitted, while in jail to learning from communists, anarchists, etc. Is anyone that adapts a non conservative, radical line of political thinking a communist? Or could it maybe be, some research communism among other political thoughts and ideologies for perspective?
Do you believe he still is a communist? If he still is, that's a bit a stretch, but in his youth, yeah, he admitted, while in jail to learning from communists, anarchists, etc. Is anyone that adapts a non conservative, radical line of political thinking a communist? Or could it maybe be, some research communism among other political thoughts and ideologies for perspective?
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