Chris Rock brings his critically acclaimed brand of social commentary-themed humor to this 1999 standup comedy presentation from HBO. Also released as an album, Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker... See full summary »
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
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 »
When the Gaines for President bus rolls through the Midwest, with the light behind it, you can see that the bus is empty. See more »
How many of you, right now, work two jobs just to have enough money to be broke? That ain't right.
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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 »
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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