Marc Bernardin
August 15, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Head of State

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/28/03
performer
Bernie Mac, Chris Rock, Dylan Baker, Robin Givens, Tamala Jones, Tracy Morgan, Nate Dogg, James Rebhorn, Nick Searcy, Lynn Whitfield
director
Chris Rock
author
Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

Is it wrong to expect more from Chris Rock? One would hope that for his feature debut as a director-cowriter, Rock would bring the cutting-edge intellect evident in his blistering stand-up to bear on the story of a black candidate’s run for President. Instead, we’re treated to one of the most predictable, obvious comedies in a long time. How do we know that Rock’s Mays Gilliam is having the worst day of his life? Because it rains on him. Duh. There are brief moments of inspiration — like every time Bernie Mac appears as Rock’s heavy-hitting brother/running mate — but they’re too few and far between to earn a vote. EXTRAS Skip Rock’s mildly informative commentary and look for the one deleted scene that gives a taste of the comic genius we know and love.

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