'Head Of State'
(Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Robin Givens / PG-13 / 97 mins / Dreamworks)
Overview:Chris Rock makes his directorial debut (he also co-wrote the screenplay) and stars as Mays Gilliam, a local Washington, D.C., alderman who's picked by the Democratic party to run for president when their candidate dies unexpectedly during the campaign. As Mays warms to the idea, he chooses his clueless brother (Bernie Mac) to be his running mate, while his ex-girlfriend (Robin Givens) wants him back, with eyes on becoming the first lady.
Verdict: Why can't Chris Rock make movies as funny as he is?! The difference between 'Head of State' and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor! 'Head of State' is a distinct disappointment coming from a comedian whose stand-up work is so sharp, funny and relevant. Man, a few more films like this, and the term "bring the pain" will take on a whole meaning! At its best, 'Head of State' is a series of really, really funny jokes that are strung together with a flimsy storyline. At its worst, well, the film is both inept and unfunny, and just plain smacks of desperation!