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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

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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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

During the Chicago speech a man stands up and yells out " Get your hand out of my pocket" in homage to Malcon X where the same thing happened before he was assassinated. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Reporter: Who did you vote for?
Meat Man: For what?
Reporter: The President.
Meat Man: Of what?
Reporter: The United States.
Meat Man: Of what?
Reporter: Of America.
Meat Man: What America?
Reporter: North America.
Meat Man: Naw slick, I don't vote. You wanna buy some of this meat or what?
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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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bernie Mac/Good Charlotte (2003) See more »

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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Written by Sylvester (as James Sylvester) & James Wirrick
Performed by Michael O'Hara
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group o/b/o Wirrick Music
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Mr. Rock has guts
12 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Intelligent. Chris Rock has balls and he mixes old-school comedy (think SNL in the 80s) and current American politics. ie. both the republican and democrats are corrupt and greedy, with no one but themselves at interest when it comes to "The United States of America." But, as Mr. Rock points out in the commentary, this film is a comedy, and not intended to be a political commentary.

So why then did so few people think it was funny? Perhaps b/c they can't see the humour in their own country...how hysterical that the most God-blessed, powerful, and wealthy country in the world can be falling apart so badly. And that the government in election years must pretend to care about its citizens, when obviously they only care about the people who are handing them cheques.

Delightfully irreverent, Chris Rock steps up to the plate.


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