As headliners on a stand-up tour, Chris Rock and Bernie Mac would be a peerless combination. As running mates for national executive office, the comedians are slightly less formidable.
Both men have their moments in “Head of State” – particularly Mac, whose time on screen is the film’s highlight. However, the movie is a jumbled amalgamation of comedic bits and serious points that loses itself in an incoherent narrative.
The film portends of its unraveling early on when it introduces Rock’s character, Mays Gilliam, a Washington, D.C. alderman who works in an impoverished region of the city. After a hard day spent addressing the concerns of his constituents and making mildly insightful jokes about his neighborhood, Mays goes home to his fianc