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Mays Gilliam is a Washington, D.C. neighborhood Alderman, who’s about to be redlined out of his job. But after the untimely death of the party frontrunner, Gilliam is plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight as his party’s nominee—for President of the United States.
Comedy - This is a raucous, sometimes raunchy politically-themed comedy
at urban, young adult audiences.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 15 S-words, many milder others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Brief fights and violent instances, all played for humor. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Verbal and slapstick humor; some off-color jokes.
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Review Very Good "The rhythms are all over the place in Head of State,
and not all of them are steady; Rock is most prone to stumbling when he tries to
shoehorn stand-alone, stand-up lines into the action.''
Review Good "Head of State is an imperfect movie, but not a boring
one and not lacking in intelligence. What it does wrong is hard to miss, but
what it does right is hard to find: it makes an angry and fairly timely comic
attack on an electoral system where candidates don't say what they really think
but simply repeat safe centrist banalities.''
Review Average "Perhaps Rock and the crew behind this movie figured they
were Hollywood and therefore they know everything about entertainment. They do
know what's funny; they just don't offer audiences enough examples.''
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Review Below Average "The spectacle of Rock himself — so scathingly
irreverent in his take-no-prisoners stand-up routines — thoroughly defanged is
disheartening. What's worse is that he did it to himself — when you're
co-writer, co-producer, director and star, there's not much opportunity for
finger-pointing when things go wrong.''
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Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Due to the appeal of stars Chris Rock and Bernie Mac, this comedy should
play strongly to urban and young adult audiences who do not usually go
for political satire. Some coarseness of material may limit the film's
appeal to older viewers, however.