HEAD OF STATE has a big heart. Chris Rock plays Mays Gilliam, an Alderman in Washington, D.C., who wants to help the little guy and fight the bullies. He becomes a hero when he saves a woman from a building that’s about to be demolished by the city. When the presidential and vice presidential candidates die in an absurd plane crash, with only a couple of months left in the campaign, the party (which is never given a name) looks for a new presidential candidate who won’t win, but will position the party for the next election. Mays is the choice.
In the beginning, Mays follows directions, but his tough bail bondsman brother in Chicago orders him to be himself. As a result, his campaign takes off as he introduces heart and soul to the campaign.
Although the humor is soft, there is a lot to like in HEAD OF STATE. Mays continually displays a good heart. He loves God and wants God to bless everyone. Some of his solutions would appeal to moral Americans. His answer to child care is for people to take care of their own children, instead of shoving them off on others. His answer for youth crime is for people to discipline their children (knock them out). His answer for Social Security is to get the government out of people’s pockets. And, so forth.
Regrettably, though, Mays does not mind swearing constantly, and he opens his campaign to appeal to pimps, prostitutes and gangsters from the hood. Thus, Mays manifests God’s love, but ignores God’s law, and, in truth, both God’s love and God’s law go hand in hand.
HEAD OF STATE could have been a good TV movie, but the humor is too soft for the big screen. Chris Rock really wants good to triumph. He even gets the good girl at the end. But, regrettably, the foul language and the references to drugs, pimps, prostitutes, and strippers overwhelm the heart of the movie.
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(C, PaPa, PC, LLL, V, S, N, A, DD, M) Mild Christian worldview with lots of pagan elements and mild political correctness; 67 obscenities, 2 light profanities ("Oh My God") and several borderline mockeries (the villain says "God Bless the United States and no one else," but hero (who believes in God) says "God Bless America and everyone else!"); brothers punch each other in love though it looks like a slugfest, social climbing girl has severe moments of slapstick violence, wrestlers attack hero, pushing and shoving, hero has a recurring vision of being shot behind a podium with the Presidential Seal on it and hero's body double gets shot; sweet kissing and mild groping; revealing costumes, blurred porno video flashback and caricature pimps and prostitutes; alcohol use; drugs discussed; and, lying.