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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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Comedy

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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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Trivia

Tina Fey was one of the five uncredited writers who did a re-write on the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

The car cannot be towed the way it was (with its rear wheels on the ground) since there was no way for them to release the hand-brake - the only possibility would be lifting the car and towing it on a platform truck. See more »

Quotes

Mays Gilliam: No, you can't use food stamps to buy tires.
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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 »

Connections

Features Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey (as Tyrone Kersey)
Performed by The Trammps
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Very funny and deeply satirical.
28 March 2003 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This was just what the doctor ordered. At a time when I want to be critical of the government as well as be entertained, this was the film. The story is basically "Rocky" if he had run for president instead, but that doesn't detract from the laughs. All the performances have a high pitched feeling of Rock himself. Several bits that tap into his unique stand up presence as well. I recommend this film highly.


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