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Head of State [VHS]
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The premise underlying "Head of State" is that Americans are currently represented by a government totally out of touch with the lives of ordinary citizens. That's why this film can be so hilarious, why it strikes such a responsive chord.
"Head of State" is more than just another comedy, more than just a parody of our political process. It is brilliant political satire, studded with remarkable insights into the political process. Yes, I laughed all the way through the film. But if Mays Gilliam ever comes to real life in America, I won't be laughing at him. I'll be voting for him. And so will the country.
In Head Of State Chris Rock plays a struggling Washington D.C. Alderman who gets no respect. Constituents don't appreciate the aspiring politician, and his girlfriend (Robin Givens) dumps him leaving him with unpaid bills and a repossessed car. The next day his boss (Keith David) fires him. He thinks things are turning around when the Democratic Party recruits him to run for President. The jokes on him; the Democratic party knows it can't win against the popular two-term Republican vice president in 2004, so they decide to trot out Rock's character as a filler candidate until the 2008 election. They don't believe a black candidate has a chance, but the alderman believes in himself.
The campaign is dull until a pep talk from his brother (Bernie Mac) at a Chicago campaign stop. Soon Chris changes campaign tactics and decides to be real. The more he's true to his Black self the more his poll numbers start to go up. This is when the movie really takes off. When Rock's Alderman starts saying what he feels instead of what he's rehearsed, the campaign starts to come to life. All of a sudden this underdog has a chance.Read more ›
i picked this dvd up,because i couldn't see anything else and this had 2 great comedians(chris rock and bernie mac) it turned out to be a great choise
head of state is about mays gilliam,a normal man,who gets the oppertunity to run for president. the thing he doesn't know is that he is set up to lose.this makes it a great comedy with many LOL(Laugh Out Loud) moments
this film has some of the GREATEST comedy speeches of all time and fantastic one liners
a fantastic movie!
Initially Mays follows the recommendations of his campaign advisors, but he doesn't care for the style of the campaign and soon strikes out on his own, with predictable disastrous results. After talking with his brother Mitch (Bernie Mac) Mays returns to a more sincere style, eventually kicking the ... of the current Vice President, who is favored to win the next election, during a televised debate.
Some of the humor works really well, even the repetitive scenes, such as the appearance by Mays' former girlfriend throughout the movie. However, for the most part the plot is a vehicle for Chris to perform various standup routines, and it's obvious that they are standup routines because of how they are filmed. While I found myself laughing in several places, this isn't a film I can recommend, nor would I care to watch it again.
This was one of the 7 I watched (my favorite is The Man with James Earl Jones). I thought it was going to be a ridiculous joke but it was actually really good. Chris Rock is funny and smart in this.
In an attempt to escape the non-stop media coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom, HEAD OF STATE delivered the necessary escape and in the process presented the audience with a couple good laughs. Sure, this movie isn't going to be an Oscar contender but it's good for what it is: a goofy and fun comedy. If you rip apart this movie too much then you're taking it too seriously: relax, sit back, and enjoy yourself. You might even find yourself chuckling too if you give it a chance.
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Is there a soundtrack for Head of State movie, been trying to find since 2003Published 2 days ago by ola m coulson
Very funny satire on race and politics in the US. Chris Rock is great writer with keen insight into the political system, as of 2005, and Black life in the US. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Lover
Obsessed with this movie. Finally found it for under $5. Great buy.Published 5 months ago by Melissa Wasser
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