In the film, Barry prefers spending much of his free time partying, playing basketball and meeting girls. There's nothing ostensibly special about this young man, and that is what makes Barry a special film. Barry is just like any other young person trying to discover their own identity. He's far from perfect. He makes mistakes, disappoints people and has insecurities. The fact that we know that he inevitably goes on to be the 47th President of the United States makes his story all the more compelling.
Despite its uneven pacing, Barry is a great examination of Obama's early years, and although, Terrell does not look like the real Barack, his performance is solid, and wisely stays away from parody.
Indeed, Southside with You and Barry would make an interesting double feature at the White House for the First Family, but words of advice to the President: end the evening with Southside with You.