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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.

Director:

Chris Rock

Writers:

Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Mays Gilliam
Bernie Mac ... Mitch Gilliam
Dylan Baker ... Martin Geller
Nick Searcy ... Brian Lewis
Lynn Whitfield ... Debra Lassiter
Robin Givens ... Kim
Tamala Jones ... Lisa Clark
James Rebhorn ... Senator Bill Arnot
Keith David ... Bernard Cooper
Tracy Morgan ... Meat Man
Stephanie March ... Nikki
Robert Stanton ... Advisor
Jude Ciccolella ... Mr. Earl
Nate Dogg ... Himself
Angie Mattson ... Nate's Girl
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The only thing white is the house.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef de l'état See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,503,484, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$38,125,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,620,484
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scream that was used after Chris Rock says, "Security," was actually done by Adam Sandler. 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

Brian Lewis: I'm a war hero, and I'm Sharon Stone's cousin.
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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

References Malcolm X (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Who We Be
Written by DMX (as Earl Simmons) & Mickey (Black Key) Davis
Performed by DMX
Courtesy of Ruff Ryders/Def Jam Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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are you kidding me?
13 August 2003 | by myurkusSee all my reviews

I knew not to see this one in the theater, but I am pretty surprised at how bad it is. It seems forced and disjointed, and the only thing that kept me from shutting it off is that you never know when Rock or Mac will be funny for a scene. If Rock doesn't start taking better roles,if you have seen Down to Earth or that horrible flick with Hopkins you know what I mean, he is never going to be able to really get to the next level, which would be a shame. He reminds me of Eddie Murphy in the early eighties, getting off to a great start and then fizzling out(The Distinguished Gentelman? Talk about jumping the shark.) His character is bland and predictable, and it is hard to watch someone as funny as him play such a role. All of the supporting cast except for Mac is terrible, and the credits have more plot than the movie. The funniest parts,like him imagining himself getting shot after being elected, are just watered down parts from his standup,which is generally terrific. Bottom line, instead of catching this one, stare at the wall for an hour and forty. You'll be a better person for it.


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