Head of State 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… Head of State 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…
Movie on DVD Review

Head of State (2003)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Aug 12, 2003; DVD Release Date: Aug 12, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Bernie Mac and Chris Rock; Distributor: DreamWorks

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.

Originally posted Aug 15, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints
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