Head of State (2003)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Head of State squanders its potentially ripe premise with watered-down satire and formulaic gags.


Movie Info

Can a high-attitude African-American politician who says what he thinks stand a chance in a presidential campaign? Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is a straight-talking alderman representing a inner-city neighborhood in Washington, D.C. In the midst of a hard-fought race for the White House, the Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates are killed in an airline crash, and with little time to prepare a new campaign, the Republican candidate, Vice President Brian Lewis (Nick Searcy), … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, some sexuality and drug references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ali Leroi, Chris Rock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2003
Box Office: $37.8M
Runtime:
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site

Cast


as Mays Gilliam

as Mitch Gilliam

as Martin Geller

as Brian Lewis

as Debra Lassiter

as Lisa Clark

as Senator Bill Arnot

as Bernard Cooper

as Meat Man

as Advisor

as Mr. Earl

as Himself

as Nate's Girl

as Himself

as Brad Harper

as Nate's Girl

as B.G. James

as General Olson James

as Himself

as Mr. Hawkins

as Himself

as Miss Pearl

as Mike Blake

as Officer Waters

as Lotto Man

as Senator

as Senator

as Senator

as Charlie

as Mays Decoy

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as French Man

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as Teamster No. 1

as Police Chief

as Teamster No. 2

as Singing Lady

as Singing Lady

as Singing Lady

as Hip Hop Dancer

as Hip Hop Dancer

as Hip Hop Dancer

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as Hip Hop Dancer

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as Screaming Woman

as Falling Man

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as Chester Allen

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as Little Girl

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as Talk Show Host

as Talk Show Host

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as Roadside Reporter

as Lewis' Mother

as Moderator

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Critic Reviews for Head of State

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (34)

A missed opportunity.

April 10, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's pretty much a toothless dog.

Full Review… | April 1, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Rock is a man who continues to perpetuate stereotypes for the price of "comedy" and continues making one terrible film after the other.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Chris Rock runs for president.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

'...Along comes Chris Rock with "Head of State", a mild comedy...'

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
Film Threat

Not merely satisfied with stereotyping whites, Rock insists on taking shots at blacks, fat people, poor people and even spina bifida patients.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Head of State

Foreshadowing. Most Chris Rock-lead movies are terrible, this one is his best.

Chiefilms
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Five years ago this movie might sound ridiculous and unreal maybe unreal. But now if you watch it it could be a glimpse to the future with a very funny and ironic view. The movie have some really funny moments. It is directed by Chris Rock and from the beginning we can see his typical kind of humor with a lot of social criticism and political satire. The cast is good. Chris Rock is great and Bernie Mac hilarious, together they make an excellent couple of comedians. Robin Givens, James Redhorn and Lynn Whitfield complete the cast and add a very good support to the movie.

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Jose Zamudio

Super Reviewer

I'm so glad the studios ended up trusting Chris Rock to direct a movie. Man, he should run for President. Although he crosses the surrealism line a little too often for my tastes, this movie was a hilarious indictment of phoniness in American politicians. I have a little souvenir "Crib Malt Liquor" bottle in my room.

MidnightMadwoman
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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