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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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Storyline

One candidate for the presidency dies in an accident a couple of weeks before the election. Meanwhile the alderman Mays Gilliam becomes a hero when he rescues a woman and her cat from an old house that would blow up. However his fiancee Kim does not pay his bills and dumps him, and Gilliam loses everything including his fancy car. When Senator Bill Arnot sees the news on television, he plots a scheme with the party advisors Martin Geller and Debra Lassiter to invite Mays to be the party nominee and lose the election for the other candidate, Vice-President Brian Lewis. Four years later, he would be the candidate and would have the chance of winning the election. Mays has a terrible beginning of campaign but when his older brother Mitch Gilliam meets him in Chicago, he advises Mays to be himself. Will he have the chance to be the first African American President of the USA? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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Budget:

$35,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,788,228 (USA) (6 June 2003)
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The main character's name Mays Gilliam is a combination of two famous New York baseball players from the 1950s: Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Junior Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers. See more »

Goofs

The city of Washington, D.C. does not have aldermen, but councilmen. Nor is there a 9th ward, there are only 8. See more »

Quotes

Klansman: Hi, I'm a Klansman. I hate niggers, Jews, and fags, but I love Bryan Lewis!
[Cuts To Video Tape Of Osama Bin Laden]
Osama Bin Laden: Yo yo wassup I'm Osama Bin Laden. I hate America but I love Bryan Lewis.
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Crazy Credits

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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References Malcolm X (1992) See more »

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Let Me Know
Written by Hi-C & David Blake
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Courtesy of Hi Life/Laneway
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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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