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At Theaters: 3/28/2003 On Video: 8/12/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399969
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - This is a raucous, sometimes raunchy politically-themed comedy aimed at urban, young adult audiences.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Chris Rock BAD COMPANY, OSMOSIS JONES, POOTIE TANG
Bernie Mac THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY, THE PLAYERS CLUB
Dylan Baker CHANGING LANES, ROADS TO PERDITION
Nick Searcy ONE HOUR PHOTO, THE RUN AWAY JURY
Robin Givens LOVE CHRONICLES, A COLD DAY IN AUGUST
James Redhorn FAR FROM HEAVEN, MEET THE PARENTS
Dir/Prod/Wri: Chris Rock Directorial Debut
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
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Content Heading
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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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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.''

USA TODAY  Full 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.''

TV Guide Online  Full 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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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 187 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
30
High
97%
13-19Teens (F)
43
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
28
Very High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
Very High
85%
30+Adults (M)
23
High
91%
30+Adults (F)
31
Fairly High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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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.

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