Head of State

Synopsis: One candidate for the presidency dies in an accident a couple of weeks before the election. Meanwhile the alderman Mays Gilliam becomes a hero when he rescues a woman and her cat from an old house that would blow up. However his fiancee Kim does not pay his bills and dumps him, and Gilliam loses everything including his fancy car. When Senator Bill Arnot sees the news on television, he plots a scheme with the party advisors Martin Geller and Debra Lassiter to invite Mays to be the party nominee and lose the election for the other candidate, Vice-President Brian Lewis. Four years later, he would be the candidate and would have the chance of winning the election. Mays has a terrible beginning of campaign but when his older brother Mitch Gilliam meets him in Chicago, he advises Mays to be himself. Will he have the chance to be the first African American President of the USA?
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Chris Rock
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

One, two, three...

Hold up.

Here's the story about a man

A simple man

A man with a dream

To do the world some good

Here's a story for rich and poor

For young and for old

About a man from the 'hood

Trying to do the world some good

Here's the story about a man

An everyday man

A man with a dream

To be the head of state

Alderman Gilliam's office.

What are you upset about?

It's not a black-owned business?

- But it's a Chinese food restaurant.

- So, what's with the fried rice?

I know it's fried rice, but it's not "fried" rice.

Alderman Gilliam's office.

Kim. How is it going, honey?

- Got tickets to the symphony.

- Really?

- Hold on a second, I got another call.

- You better not put me on hold.

Vote for Gaines and James.

- The Million Babies Mamas March?

- It's a very good cause.

Call Reverend Barton for that one. No...

you can't use food stamps to buy tires.

I'm sorry, Mr. Hawkins.

What can I do for you?

Your girlfriend is on hold.

- Hold on a second.

- How could you put me on hold?

- What was it, Mr. Hawkins?

- The bus.

I read that they're going to shut down

our bus line.

If they do that, I can't get to work!

Unless they give me a job

in that new mall they're building.

Don't worry. I've been talking

to the people downtown...

and I promise you this:

If they shut down this bus line,

I will drive you to work myself.

You got my word.

Alderman Gilliam, quick! Miss Pearl is back!

Okay. I got to go.

Hi, that's me, Mays Gilliam, alderman

of the 9th Ward of Washington, D.C.

Not the part of D.C. you're familiar with.

I work in a neighborhood so bad,

you can get shot while you're getting shot.

Around here when people have a problem,

they don't call the mayor, they call me.

Miss Pearl!

What's going on?

Dionne is in the house. I know she is.

I don't know what she's talking about.

We checked the house, nobody is in there.

Hey, man, Dionne is her cat.

Whatever. Cats got nine lives. She'll be fine.

Can we let one guy go in

and help this lady get her cat?

Can't do it. Once they laid the explosives,

there's nothing I can do.

She just showed up.

You took the lady's house.

Can you at least let her get her cat?

We didn't take it, we gave her $40,000.

What kind of house is she supposed to get

with $40,000? A crack house?

I think she'd be happy to get out

of this rattrap.

Who are you to call this place a rattrap?

This is my neighborhood, where I'm from.

I got my first bike stolen right there.

My daddy got his bike stolen right there.

When I have a son, I hope he's fortunate

enough to get stuck up right there.

- Can't you let somebody go check?

- We already looked.

There's nothing in there. We got work to do.

Leave the people alone, damn it!

- Let's get this thing going.

- Come on.

- Stop being in such a hurry.

- We've been here all morning.

Let the lady go inside.

Come on, baby! Sugar baby.

Could you at least turn it off?

Let the lady get her cat.

Dionne, baby? I got something for you!

Miss Pearl, no!

All right, turn it off.

Wait till this woman gets her cat.

Sh*t, it's not working!

Turn it off!

She better get out, it's going to blow!

Miss Pearl! Come out!

No, Mays!

You've only got a minute!

- Fix it! Get to work.

- I'm trying.

Get a union man on this.

Get your ass out!

Miss Pearl, we got to get out of here.

They're going to blow this place up.

They wouldn't do that, baby!

They know we're in here.

I love you, I've known you a long time.

You've seen a lot in your life.

You've seen churches burnt to the ground,

dogs sicced on kids...

you've seen Malcolm X and JFK killed.

They shut up Muhammad Ali

and Richard Pryor.

They gave Magic Johnson AIDS,

turned Michael Jackson white.

Do you really think these people

give a damn about you?

We interrupt the Jay-Z song

to bring you this special bulletin.

Presidential candidate Senator Gaines...

and his running mate,

General Olson James...

were both killed when their planes

crashed into each other.

We now return you to the Jay-Z song

already in progress.

What's up?

Trying to be like you, hero!

What's up, man? Saving kittens?

Don't steal my car now.

I don't want that garbage.

What will I do, feed your car to my car?

Let me get ten Nine Lives,

four Lucky Ducks, two Straight Pokers...

three Crabpots and five Powerballs.

Thank you, here you go.

You all need to stop.

Why are all these people clapping?

- You didn't see me on the news?

- No, I didn't.

I got meat!

More beef than East Coast, West Coast rap.

Check it out!

Superman! Saving lives and stuff.

Why don't you cop

one of these pork chops?

Know what you need to do?

You need to leave. I won't tell you again.

Nobody wants your meat.

Who the hell wants to buy stolen meat?

- I'll take a T-bone.

- You like gizzards, too?

Did you hear about that guy

running for President?

Who will replace him?

Maybe they should get Shaq.

Nobody can beat him.

Are you getting gas?

You're holding my line up.

Yeah, I'm sorry.

$10 on three.

You've got a lot of nerve hanging up on me.

Hanging up?

- What's going on?

- I'm leaving you! That's what's going on.

The only reason I accepted this engagement

ring from you in the first place...

is because I thought you had potential!

I thought you wanted more!

Why can't you just play the game?

Wear a suit!

Be a real politician!

What's my clothes have to do with...

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Christopher Julius Rock is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. After working as a stand-up comedian and appearing in supporting film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. more…

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