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Head of State [VHS]

3.7 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Lynn Whitfield, Dylan Baker, Nick Searcy
  • Directors: Chris Rock
  • Writers: Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi
  • Producers: Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi, Ezra Swerdlow, Michael Rotenberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009XN32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(2003) Head of State Video with run time of (1) one hour and 35 (thirty-five) minutes.

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At the outset, let me say what I am: I am white, 61 years old, a physician, and I live in a gated community. It would be easy for people like me to dismiss "Head of State" as just another crass commercial rip-off by Hollywood. It's not that at all.

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.
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Chris Rock does an excellent job writing directing and co-producing Head of State. It's a hilarious comedy with a lot of heart and a lot of soul. Well-written, intelligent and extremely clever, Rock's comedy stays true to its African-American roots while making commentary about the sad state of the current political process in America. Perhaps in his own way Rock is trying to send a message to politicians to express real ideas, speak from the heart.

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.
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head of state is a great movie,the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars was because i always think that's pushing it.

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!
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Chris Rock plays politically inept New York alderman Mays Gilliam, who cares about his constituents. After saving an older lady from being blown up during the demolition of her former home, he is hailed as a hero. Soon he is targeted as a potential presidential candidate who is intended to lose the election.
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.
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I reviewed a bunch of movies for a paper about how Hollywood portrays black presidents in movies (my conclusion is only a black person can be president if there is an impending disaster, a science fiction based story, a funny person or takes place in the far future).
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.
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Chris Rock makes his directorial debut (he also co-wrote the screenplay) and stars as Mays Gilliam, a local Washington, D.C., alderman who's picked by the Democratic party to run for president when their candidate dies unexpectedly during the campaign. As Mays warms to the idea, he chooses his clueless brother (Bernie Mac) to be his running mate, while his ex-girlfriend (Robin Givens) wants him back, with eyes on becoming the first lady.
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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