Head of State
Movie Stats & Links
||Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Robin
Givens, Tamala Jones
||It's more adult
||She might laugh a
||Some good ones.
||The reaction when
Mays says "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!"
||Mays to the
Republican candidate, during the televised debate: "You are
full of shit!"
Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock
Every time Chris Rock has a movie coming out I root
for him and each time I see one of his movies I wonder why. As a
stand-up comic he is brilliant, but as an actor there is something
that just doesnít click. In "Head of State" things just donít click
again. Donít get me wrong, the movie isnít horrible, but it just seems
to fall due to the potential it had.
Head of State
A Movie Review
The Democrats have a problem Ė
their candidates for President and V.P. both die in a plane crash. So
the party heads decide itís time to run a black person for President,
knowing heíll lose, so that when the next election comes around their
white candidate will get the minority vote because they at least tried
to get a minority to be the top dog. They pick Mays Gilliam (Chris
Rock), an ex-alderman from D.C. whose life just went in the toilet.
So the party heads keep giving Mays boring speeches that donít say
anything, keep him dressed up, and itís on to Chicago where Mitch
(Bernie Mac) enters the picture. Mitch is Maysí brother and he tells
Mays that he needs to start giving speeches with meaning, telling
people where he stands. And so Mays does, and of course the people
love him. So now Mays changes his campaign strategy to be one with the
people, and now Chris Rock gets to be Chris Rock, whooping and
holleriní about the man keeping the people down, but no one still
wants to be Maysí running mate. Who else to call but your brother, so
here comes Mitch telling an interviewer that he doesnít know anything
about NATO, but throwing it back in his face that the interviewer
doesnít know anything about Nato (trust me, itís pretty funny). And,
oh yea, there is of course a love interest, love psychotic, the
typical old white people dancing to black music, and Chris Rock again
trying desperately to be funny while Bernie Mac shows how it is done.
The problem Iím starting to have with Chris Rock in movies is that
at one time he is this sensitive guy, reasonable guy, trying to act
like the sensitive, reasonable guy, and then, all of a sudden, he is
Chris Rock being the stand-up comedian. This movie does the same. At
the beginning, when he is the alderman, he acts, and maybe normal
isnít the right word, but he isnít Chris Rock the comedian, but when
he gives the speech in Chicago, all of a sudden he is totally out of
the character he led us to believe he was, and heís over-the-top.
"Head of State" pokes a lot of fun at politics, how bland political
races are, and is pretty funny at times, but at other times the movie
just seems to crawl along with typical black/white humor. Bernie Mac
should have been used a hell of a lot more in the movie because from
the get-go we knew exactly what kind of person Mitch was, and Mitch
always stayed the same, but at any given moment we really didnít know
which Mays character we were going to get. Itís 2 stars out of 5 for
"Head of State." I recommend a rental, or wait for cable. There are a
few good moments, but too few to recommend a trip to the theater.
Thatís it for this review! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!