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The Obama Effect (2012)

PG-13
85 min | Comedy, Drama

A serious health scare ignites John Thomas, an insurance salesman in his 50s, to take a closer look at his life. Motivated by a misguided obsession with getting Barack Obama elected, John takes an overwhelming involvement in the ...See moreA serious health scare ignites John Thomas, an insurance salesman in his 50s, to take a closer look at his life. Motivated by a misguided obsession with getting Barack Obama elected, John takes an overwhelming involvement in the Presidential campaign. While John becomes obsessed with the ideal of change that Obama represents for Americans, he has in turn neglected to create positive change in his own life, particularly with regard to his health and familial relationships. John hides his health problems from his strong, yet supportive wife, Molly, creating a strain on their marriage. John seeks the support of a Republican relative, MLK, who initially starkly resists supporting a Democratic candidate. John's son, Kalil, rebels against his father's avid support of Obama by supporting the Republican candidate as well. John neglects to support his daughter, Tamika, at a crucial moment in her life, as she has recently fallen in love and become engaged to be married. John faces additional discord with his other son, Jamel, an up-and-coming boxer, who gets mixed up with a shady manager, Slim, as he rises toward a professional boxing career. Joshua, John's recently-paroled brother, also struggles as he attempts to find work in a tough economy and to maintain his new marriage. When Molly discovers that John has been hiding his health scares from her, she urges him to take positive action to improve his bad habits. John works to get back on the right path with his health and family as Obama soars to success in the campaign. Written by Anonymous See less
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Rick Stone (background score)
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$10,000,000
Opening weekend
$83,896
Gross (US & Canada)
$110,904
Gross (World)
$110,904
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Release date
Jul 13, 2012 (United States)

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41 cast members
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Charles S. Dutton
John Thomas John Thomas   See fewer
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Vanessa Bell Calloway
Molly Thomas Molly Thomas   See fewer
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Toneey Acevedo
Older Hispanic Man Older Hispanic Man   See fewer
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Kristen Ariza
Mrs. Kay Mrs. Kay   See fewer
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Mark Ashworth
Nigel The Butler Nigel The Butler   See fewer
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Giselle Bonilla
Maria Santiago Maria Santiago   See fewer
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Reggie Brown
Barack Obama Barack Obama   See fewer
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Yakira Chambers
Passerby #3 Passerby #3   See fewer
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Angelina Cortez
The Obama Girl The Obama Girl   See fewer
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John Diehl
Steve Warren Steve Warren   See fewer
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Lauren Evans
Passerby Passerby   See fewer
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Jenny Gago
Dede Santiago Dede Santiago   See fewer
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Richie Gibbs
Redneck Friend Redneck Friend   See fewer
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Daniel Goldston
Mail Express Man Mail Express Man   See fewer
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Meagan Good
Tamika Jones Tamika Jones   See fewer
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Lonnie Henderson
Sebastian Thomas Sebastian Thomas   See fewer
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Xango Henry
Duane The Guard Duane The Guard   See fewer
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Vernetta Jenkins
Michele Obama Michele Obama   See fewer
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Wesley Johnathan
Kalil Thomas Kalil Thomas   See fewer
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Zab Judah
Jamel Thomas Jamel Thomas   See fewer
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Cleo King
Rebecca Thomas Rebecca Thomas   See fewer
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Julie Lancaster
Nancy Reilly Nancy Reilly   See fewer
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Maynor Lopez
Santiago Family Member Santiago Family Member   See fewer
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CJ Mac
Joshua Joshua   See fewer
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William Mitchell
Dr. Mosley Dr. Mosley   See fewer
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Carlos Moreno Jr.
Young Latino Man Young Latino Man   See fewer
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Ashley Noel
Karen Thomas Karen Thomas   See fewer
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Shanga Parker
Prison Guard Prison Guard   See fewer
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Emilio Rivera
Hector Santiago Hector Santiago   See fewer
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Shelley Robertson
Lola Jackson Lola Jackson   See fewer
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Bryan Ross
Joshua Thomas Joshua Thomas   See fewer
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Jamie Tisdale
Nicole Reilly Nicole Reilly   See fewer
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Diego J. Torres
Luis Santiago (as Diego Torres) Luis Santiago (as Diego Torres)   See fewer
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Glynn Turman
Slim Sugar Slim Sugar   See fewer
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Jeremy Ray Valdez
Hector Santiago Jr. Hector Santiago Jr.   See fewer
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Adam Waller
Boxing Spectator Boxing Spectator   See fewer
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Eric Wright
Scottie Jackson Scottie Jackson   See fewer
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Becky Wu
Asian Store Owner Asian Store Owner   See fewer
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Kevin Lapsley
Campaign Staffer (uncredited) Campaign Staffer (uncredited)   See fewer
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1.8 / 10 | 380 votes