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Head of State (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  28 March 2003 (USA)
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When a presidential candidate dies unexpectedly in the middle of the campaign, Washington, D.C. alderman, Mays Gilliam is unexpectedly picked as his replacement.

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Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. neighborhood Alderman, is about to be red-lined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party frontrunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the limelight as his party's nominee--for President of the United States. The players in Gilliam's life include: Mitch Gilliam, his unsophisticated older brother who becomes his running mate; Kim, his ex-girlfriend who had once dumped him, but who now has a sudden change of heart as she sees a chance at becoming First Lady; Martin Geller, his campaign manager; Lisa Clark, the woman who truly believes in Gilliam; and Debra Lassiter, the woman who doesn't have faith in his candidacy, and is serving as his reluctant advisor. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The only thing white is the house.

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug references | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Chef de l'état  »

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$13,503,484 (USA) (28 March 2003)

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$37,788,228 (USA) (6 June 2003)
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Four of the actors in this film were also cast members of the HBO TV series "The Wire", Delaney Williams, Clarke Peters, Reg E Cathey, and an uncredited Tray Chaney. See more »

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When Mays is wrestling, we see a sign that says "Mays for Pres" being held up in the crowd. In the next few shots, the same sign is upside down. See more »

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Debra Lassiter: That's exactly what we wanted to talk to you about.
Martin Geller: We'd like you to run for President.
Mays Gilliam: Of what?
Martin Geller: The United States.
Mays Gilliam: Of what?
Martin Geller: Of America.
Mays Gilliam: Which America?
Debra Lassiter: NORTH... America, Mays.
Mays Gilliam: Get out of here.
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In the opening credits, it lists many famous politicians, then in parenthesis it says "(Are not in this movie)". See more »

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Chris Rock for President!
10 December 2003 | by (America) – See all my reviews

Head of State is an incredible satire that had me rolling in the aisle when I first saw it. I loved this movie and I liked the other movie he starred in, Down to Earth. Here Chris Rock is Washington D.C. Councilman Mays Gilliam, a good guy with a real bad streak of luck.

Suddenly the National Party asks him to run for president unexpectedly. Mays turns the race around by asking real serious questions and addressing problems that no other candidate will. Chris Rock's sense of humor is so out there it is hilarious. He doesn't lat anything go, he makes fun of politicians, African-Americans, whites, everyone.

That's why this one works so well. Chris Rock just talks about so much here and he is perfect here. Also excellent is Bernie Mac, who could not be in the movie longer because of scheduling conflicts with his TV show. He is Chris Rock's brother and he should have been in the move longer.

I loved Chris Rock's most repeated line in the movie: ‘Let me hear ya say that ain't right.' Chris Rock really goes after a lot of issues in this movie as far as problems in this country. Here Rock is an excellent hero. He does an excellent job overall and this film is very funny. I think of Chris Rock as a modern day (although not up to the quality) Groucho Marx, a true satirist of films where the film is not supposed to be taken seriously by any stretch of the imagination. That is why I like the film it is so above reality.

Keith David, and Rapper Nate Dogg have small parts in this film as well. The movie just had it together and there were a lot of great moments. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a good laugh. The opening sequence where the credits discuss who is not in the film is hilarious. The pace of this film is very fast and does not let up at any point in the film.

Don't watch this one for the plot just watch it for the comedy. Chris Rock and Bernie Mac do an excellent job in making you laugh. Chris Rock fans will love it as will fans of Bernie Mac, and those that are upset with the political system will love it. This is not for all tastes, but I thought it was funny anyway.


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