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I'm not old enough to vote, but when I am I hope I get to cast a vote for a president like Barack Obama! He is inspiring and the kind of leader we need for the future. The character at the center of this movie obviously thinks so too, and not just because he happens to be black (I think a lot of people who don't like Obama will dismiss the movie just because the cast is black and "of course they have to like Obama" - not true!) but I thought it was cool how he became obsessed with trying to get Obama elected. If only we all had a passion that burned so intensely! He learns a lot along the way, thanks mostly to his understanding wife, and in the end he decides that though getting Obama elected is important, it doesn't mean that it's the be all or end all of his life. Charles Dutton who plays the main character is spectacular in his role, so adorable and high energy but still vulnerable.
When I first heard there was a movie called "The Obama Effect" I thought it would have to do with politics. As I recall, during the 2008 election there was all this talk of the "Bradley Effect" which was supposed to explain voters telling pollsters they would vote for a black candidate and then go in the booth and vote the other way. Thankfully, this movie is not just a "Hooray for Obama" piece of propaganda. It is definitely pro-Obama (if you're looking for a critique of his policies or his persona, look elsewhere) but there is an actual story here about a man who becomes lost in the whole Obama euphoria of 2008, so much so that he forgets what should be most important to him: getting his life back on track and dealing with the real issues of his health and prosperity. Once he realizes that he is the real her of his life, he learns to put everything in perspective, even the presidential race. I think that is good movie for everyone to see despite their personal politics. It has good lessons for those who think the grass is always greener on the other side. If you don't like the grass on your side, then fix it! Or get new grass!
I wanted to like this movie more than I really did so let's just agree to disagree if you think it's just another Hollywood cheerleading effort for President Obama. It's about a man who is obsessed with getting Barack Obama elected to the highest office in the land. He thinks it's a noble cause but it's really just a way for him to mask his deep seated denial of what is troubling him inside. When his wife finds out, she knocks some sense into him and he gives up the Obama cause and begins to focus on himself. The performances by the leads are very good (especially Vanessa Bell Calloway as the wife Molly) but the movie is really predictable. I gave it four stars because it is well acted and the direction is spot on even though the script is as hackneyed as it gets. Plus, it gets a couple extra stars because we FINALLY have a movie about African Americans that doesn't involve Tyler Perry dressed up in drag and serving up a big plate of slap yo mamma cliches. It's worth seeing just for that!
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