• Head of State (2003)

Head of State

Release Date: March 28th, 2003

DVD Release Date: August 12th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

A low-level Washington, D.C., public servant, Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock), is thrust into the national spotlight when he's asked by Martin Geller (Dylan Baker), the head of the Democratic Party, to run for president after the party's presidential and vice-presidential nominees are killed in a plane crash. The odds are against Gilliam, mostly because he has a penchant for telling the truth about what is wrong with the country. Remarkably, his straight-talking style catches on with the public.

Cast: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Nick Searcy, Lynn Whitfield, Robin Givens, Tamala Jones, James Rebhorn

Director: Chris Rock

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: DreamWorks SKG, 3 Arts Entertainment

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Love , Playful , Rise , Hilarious , Rivalry , 2000s , Charming , Underdog

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The key term here is "fairy tale," because, although the movie occasionally tries for dramatic moments, they're overplayed, undercooked, and divorced from reality. show more

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This is silliness of such a special grade, performed with such zest, that it makes you forgive and even forget the movie's foolishness and borderline incoherence.

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    An imperfect movie, but not a boring one and not lacking in intelligence. show more

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