By Katie Weitkamp/The Studio editor
A good comedy with a point; that’s what “Head of State” proved to be. Co-written, directed by and starring Chris Rock, the movie wins in just about all aspects.A smart movie about an underdog, Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is chosen to run on the democratic ticket strictly to help the party in the next presidential election. Of course it’s a little predictable: Gilliam doesn’t know the party doesn’t think he can win, and when he finds out he fires his staff, which has helped him gain more than 30 percent of the votes.
Once he realizes he’s being used as a puppet, and with the advice of his future running mate and brother, Mitch Gilliam (Bernie Mac), he starts talking from his heart instead of the TelePrompTer.
Mays wants to keep the campaign clean on his part and struggles to keep the respect of his campaign staff. When he speaks out, refusing to accept money from people whose cause and products he does not believe in, his staff becomes irate.
The movie shows Rock’s great talent with comedy that can reach everyone, poking fun at politics and all types of people.
Of course it’s unrealistic. When would you see old women singing and dancing to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” especially at a virtually unknown politician’s debut.
Good vs. evil is a constant theme throughout the movie. Mays, a man of the people and for the people, who would run into a building about to be blown up to save an old woman’s cat, vs. the corporate republicans who don’t even know whom they’re running against.
Even though it’s a comedy, the candidates bring up good issues about the normal people in the United States that need to be brought up more often in real politics.
I give “Head of State” four and a half palettes out of five for a great execution of a great script. Hopefully, we can look forward to more of Rock’s political comedy in the future.