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Head of State
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Directed By
Chris Rock

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

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Head of State (2003)
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Movie Review by Joe
May 31st, 2006

Guilty pleasure, thy name is Head of State.

Head of State was released in 2003, and it was written, directed, and starred Chris Rock as Aldeman Mays Gilliam in Washington, D.C. His life is in shambles, his fiancee Kim (Robin Givens) leaves him because he's not making something of himself (it was a pretty funny scene...in fact, any scene between the two of them was hilarious). He is evicted from his apartment, his car is impounded, even his poor bike was ruined.

Then news comes in that one of the nominees for president was killed when his plane collided with his vice-presidential candidate. The political party (never mentioned, but you could so tell it's Democrats) decide to throw the election by choosing a candidate that they are sure will not win. So Mays is selected and Debra (Lynn Whitfield) is chosen to 'run' his campaign, which includes a security guard and a 'personal assistant' Nikki (Stephanie Marsh) who they even said was trained by the government to be a hoe!

The man running against Mays is Brian Lewis (Nick Searcy), who was an eight-year vice president, a war hero, and Sharon Stone's cousin (I remembered that because it is repeatedly mentioned in the movie). His slogan is "God bless America, and no place else."

Slowly but steadily, Mays starts to gain ground by being himself, and even Debra is starting to believe he could be president. But a series of misfourtnes occur and things go downhill, but Mays still keeps truckin', even choosing his brother, bonds bailman Mitch Gilliam (Bernie Mac) to be his running mate, and enters into a relationship with 'commoner' Lisa Clark (Tamala Jones).

This movie is definitely a guilty pleasure. There is so many catch phrases and repeated comedic references (the Jay-Z/Beyonce song "Me and My Girlfriend" keeps playing throughout). And the repeated scenes between Gilliam and his former fiancee are knee-slapping funny. If you have some time, check out this movie.

Mays Gilliam: I live in a neighborhood so bad, you can get shot while ya gettin' shot.

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