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Head of State

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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.