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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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Dreamworks
  • DVD Release Date: 3 July 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C66BC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this hilarious political comedy, Mays Gilliam (Rock) is a Washington D.C. neighborhood alderman, whoÆs about to be red-lined out of his job. However fate steps in with the untimely death of the party frontrunner, and Gilliam finds himself plucked from obscur ity and thrust into the limelight as his partyÆs nominee ù for President of the United States !

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
I've always liked Chris Rock, whether it is the comedian's stand-up work or his acting roles. His stand-up work has always been bright and entertaining, as it tackles social issues in a way that, while raunchy at times, is still smart and right-on. It's a credit to Rock that "Head of State" (his directorial debut), while technically poorly filmed and awkward at times, still managed to be amusing enough to carry my interest.
"Head of State" stars Rock as Mays Gilliam, a DC alderman responsible for one of the poorest areas of the city. When the frontrunners in the current presidential race are killed when their planes crash into each other, Mays is picked to run for office. They think he can't win, but the party thinks they'll look good for him trying. For a while, he goes along with the lines from his aides (Dylan Baker, Lynn Whitfield), but when his brother Mitch (Bernie Mac) enters the picture, he sets him straight. Soon enough, Mays is speaking his mind, running with the motto "That Ain't Right!" (his opposition is running with, "God Bless America, and no place else!"). When nobody will run with him, Mays takes Mitch.
There are funny bits here large and small, but they come through inconsistently. I liked the Jay-Z song playing on the radio throughout many scenes (complete with "and now back to the Jay-Z song, already in progress"). The movie's opening credits go through a list of politicians, before telling us that "...and none of these people are in the movie." Some of the film's various campaign ads are silly and amusing. The joke of how Mays turns his campaign into something resembling a rap tour (his bus reads "MG2K4") worked, too.
Oh, but the problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This political comedy/satire was directed by, produced by, and co-written by Chris Rock. Quite frankly, while some of it was funny, it was funny-stupid, not funny-sharp or funny-edgy. Even fans of Chris Rock will be a little disappointed, as this supremely talented comedian has yet to find his mark in films. Despite some funny moments, the film fails to deliver fully on its promise.
The premise of the film is simple. A low level, grass roots, Washington D.C. politician, Alderman Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock), gets an opportunity of a lifetime, when the two presidential aspirants of an unspecified political party each get killed in plane crashes. Chosen for his high potential to lose the election, thereby setting the stage for another politician to win in a future election, Mays Gilliam at first follows the directives scripted by his campaign handlers, Debra Lassiter (Lynn Whitfield) and Martin Geller (Dylan Baker).
Dissatisfied, however, with his new image and with his campaign's lack of message, Mays Gilliam decides to let his hair down and be himself. Moreover, since no other politician wishes to associate him or her self with Mays Gilliam and run as his vice-president, Mays selects his bail bondsman brother, Mitch (Bernie Mac), to be his running mate. Despite a commanding lead for the presidency by incumbent vice-president Brian Lewis (Nick Searcy), Mays Gilliam starts giving him a run for his money, giving future political hopeful and mastermind, Senator Bill Arnot (James Rebhorn), a bad feeling.
Of course, there is a love interest in the film. Lisa Clark is lovely as the cute-as-a-button Tamala Jones, the down to earth, hard working store clerk who loves Mays for himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mazumder on 19 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
I was a bit apprehensive when I sat down to watch this movie, thinking that it would be one of those movies which will disappoint in the end. And certainly, the storyline is very simple and somewhat nonsensical. But Chris Rock pulls it off.
Rock plays Mays Gilliam, a lowly black politician who is chosen to run in the Presidential campaign as a ploy to make the party lose deliberately. Gilliam, however, grows in the role as a Presidential candidate, and together with his running mate (Bernie Mac), pulls of the greatest election upset of all time.
It's all very predictable, but the movie is littered with several hilarious, spoof-like, moments, and it is in this environment where Rock and Mac excel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tola Shorunke on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
The review is this, Average American black man Mays Gillian(Chris
Rock) is picked by a team of goverment officials to run for President. He is supposed to be the only other candidate besides
a white popular bigot who's cousin is Sharon Stone? Though
this may seem weird, he's supposed to lose so the other man
can win. Anyway, it turns out in to a Hilarious fun movie that
will have you laughing for hours. I pretty much Liked DOWN
TO EARTH, but this is much better. It is hilarious and focuses
on the issue on the first Black President ever to being a gangsta. Don't let anyone under 11 see this. I reccomend this
and Down to Earth.
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By Luke on 19 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
This is one of my favorite films. This film is really enjoyable for family, friends or just yourself! It's truly Worth a watch, especially if you want a laugh.
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