Barry (2016 film)


Film poster
Directed by Vikram Gandhi
Produced by
Written by Adam Mansbach
Music by
  • Danny Bensi
  • Saunder Jurriaans
Cinematography Adam Newport-Berra
Edited by Jacob Craycroft
Distributed by Netflix
Release dates
  • September 10, 2016 (2016-09-10) (TIFF)
  • December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Barry is a 2016 American drama film directed by Vikram Gandhi about Barack Obama's life at Columbia University in 1981.[1] It stars Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Ellar Coltrane, Avi Nash and Linus Roache.

It was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[2] The film is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2016, by Netflix.



In March 2016, it was announced Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy had been cast in the film, with Vikram Gandhi directing and producing the film from a screenplay by Adam Mansbach, with Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman producing under their Black Bear Pictures banner, while Dana O'Keefe will also serve as a producer through her Cinetic Media banner.[3] That same month, Jason Mitchell and Ellar Coltrane joined the cast of the film.[4] In May 2016, it was announced that Famke Janssen had joined the cast.[5]


The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2016.[6] Shortly after, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[7] The film is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2016.[8]

Critical reception

Barry received positive reviews from film critics. It holds an 86% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10.[9] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 73 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. "Oscar bait? Twelve films set to make a splash at Toronto". BBC News. September 7, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  2. "Barry". TIFF. September 1, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  3. "Young Barack Obama Movie 'Barry' Casts Devon Terrell". Variety. March 1, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  4. McNary, Dave (March 14, 2016). "'Compton's' Jason Mitchell, 'Boyhood's' Ellar Coltrane Join Young Barack Obama Movie 'Barry' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  5. Kit, Borys (April 5, 2016). "Famke Janssen Joins Young Barack Obama Movie 'Barry'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  6. "Barry". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  7. Fleming Jr, Mike (September 17, 2016). "Toronto: Netflix Buys Young Barack Obama Movie 'Barry'". Deadline. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  8. Jaguernauth, Kevin (October 20, 2016). "First Teaser For 'Barry' Shows The Life Of President Obama Before Hope & Change". The Playlist. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  9. "Barry (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  10. "Barry". Metacritic. Retrieved September 18, 2016.

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