Head of State

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Head of State Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 15+

Chris Rock runs for president.

PG-13 2003 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Ideas compensate for lack of experience by this candidate.

There is sexual humor that was put in just for the sake of it. Some of the other unclean humor was unnecessary as well. For those reasons I'd have reservations about showing this movie to anyone 12-14. That said, Chris Rock's character had some good ideas drawn from good points. (The most memorable was in a campaign speech: "People work in a hospital that they can't afford to get sick in.") It is because of ideas like these that he was able to beat a candidate with more experience, something that should happen more often in elections in real life. The message of this movie is that ideas beat experience. Mays obviously stuck up for low wage workers and the poor.
age 11+
some sexual refrences and language

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 28, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: August 12, 2003
  • Cast: Bernie Mac, Chris Rock, Dylan Baker
  • Director: Chris Rock
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language, some sexuality and drug references
  • Last updated: July 2, 2022

Our Editors Recommend

  • Dave Poster Image


    Uplifting political comedy combines romance and satire.

    age 12+
  • The American President Poster Image

    The American President

    Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.

    age 13+
  • Man of the Year Poster Image

    Man of the Year

    Lame political comedy misses the mark.

    age 13+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate