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(2003), PG
Analysis Date: March 28, 2003
CAP Score: 41
CAP Influence Density: 1.86

MinMax: -100

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(2003), PG -- ...develops a mind of his own. And a game plan of his own.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks SKG, Head of State, 3 Art Entertainment
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Chris Rock
Producer(s): Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg, Ezra Swerdlow
Written by/Screenplay: Chris Rock (written by), Ali LeRoi
Cinematography/Camera: Donald E. Thorin
Music: Marcus Miller, DJ Quik
Film Editing: Stephen A. Rotter
Casting: Kim Coleman, Victoria Thomas
Production Design: Steven J. Jordan
Art Direction: Ray Kluga
Viewed At: Ridgemar Movie Tavern, Fort Worth, Texas

A nuts-n-bolts, street smart Alderman presidential candidate, Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) had some really good things to say. But some were not so good. Does having some good things to say excuse the bad things to say? Since you've asked, I'll tell you. No.

I could almost appreciate Rock for some of the things the writers had him say in his performance in Head of State, in particular some of the values he portrayed. I would like to appreciate Rock but I cannot because of his vulgarities in other performances such as full-body nudity and vulgar language as well as corruption of the Scriptures in Dogma for one, and some ignominies in this one. In Christ, I can and do love the guy but because of his vulgar performances and what they do to the viewers, especially our youth, I cannot. Bad things said and done are not excused by saying and doing good things. Jesus taught us that all the good works in the world will not excuse sin: that we may be forgiven of sin but not excused of it. For example, the sins of prostitution were still sinful after Jesus forgave the prostitute of them. He advised of this by telling her "Go, and sin no more." Jesus did not argue the judgment of nor the punishment for her sins. He forgave her of them and at the same time gave reason for us to question our right to execute the Mosaicjudgment of death for sin [John 8:1 - 11].

Without knowing it, one of the things Rock said supports what the CAP Ministry is doing. What he said, in effect, was that if the entertainment is inappropriate for your kids, shut it off. Our policy is let Hollywood make whatever it wants to make. God said sin would be rampant in the end times. But as long as what Hollywood makes teaches and/or causes our kids to sin, I will have something to say about it. Boldly. Unashamedly. [1Cor. 15:33] Rock further said that if your kid turns it back on, "knock him out." Rock related what he said to a time in his life he tried smoking and his father "knocked him out." He said that to this day he has not smoked, not because he was afraid of cancer but afraid that his father would come walking through the door and "knock him out." While "knock him out" is entirely unacceptable, disciplining a child who "turns it back on" is entirely appropriate. [1 Sam. 15:23, Prov. 13:24]

President wannabe for 2004 is Vice President Brian "I am a war hero and I am Sharon Stone's cousin" Lewis (Nick Searcy). Lewis lost his opponent to an airplane crash. Lowlife party (apparently the Democratic party) leader, Senator Bill Arnot (James Rebhorn), who wants to be president in 2008, needs an immediate nominee for Democratic President candidate. Expecting his selection to lose, setting the stage for being the President in 2008, Arnot selects nuts-n-bolts, street smart, politically ignorant DC Alderman Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) as Lewis' opponent and launches MG2K4 (Mays Gilliam in 2004) campaign. Arnot figures Gilliam was inept enough to lose the election but Arnot also figured his party would be rewarded by selecting a black candidate. Well, sure enough Gilliam plays the game ... for a while. Then he develops a mind of his own. And a game plan of his own.

Top advisors, Martin Geller (Dylan Baker) and Debra Lassiter (Lynn Whitfield) carefully script Gilliam's speeches, slogans and one-liners to woo the people. Gilliam's poll increases but only slightly. Realizing the pabulum plan set up for him, Gilliam implements his own plan for addressing the people. Now, Gilliam is addressing the people, not the party. He speaks to them about things that matter such as having two jobs in the family so they can be broke; such as the dangers of getting shot while getting shot; such as big booze manufacturers marketing to the kids; such as "I am all for gay rights." And his new game plan works. Gilliam becomes a viable danger to the plans of both Lewis and Arnot as he gains popularity by leaps and bounds.

While all this is going on in the few months before the Presidential elections for 2004, Gilliam's ultra-selfish girlfriend Kim (Robin Givens) dumps him ... until she finds he is on his way to the Whitehouse. But Gilliam sees through her and sets the stage for one of the ffew truly funny skits. A security agent assigned to Gilliam promised that all Gilliam had to do was yell "Security!" and the agent would take care of things. So, when Gilliam, annoyed by the in-your-face advances and one-sided plans of Kim, calls "Security!" and in one second a gloved hand clasps over Kim's mouth, drags her out of the headshot frame and the sound of squealing tires is heard. This happens to several people throughout the show.

But Gilliam is not without love. In an early scene Gilliam spies bright and sparkling young Lisa Clark (Tamala Jones) as she works in a quik-gas convenience store. Initially refusing his advances, Lisa soon sees an opportunity to actually help her fellow man in his quest to help others. At the start of this paragraph I said Gilliam is not without love. That does not apply to sex. While there were instances (several) of sexual innuendo, comments, and other matters of sexual immorality in the show [Gal. 5:19], there were no instance of intercourse noted in this PG-13. Indeed, an aide named Nicki (Stephanie March) was hired by Geller and Lassiter to sleep with Gilliam under the guise of Nicki being a masseuse. But Gilliam refused her advances, claiming to not love her, implyig that love is all that is required to have sex. A fine value but still modern immorality since marriage was not even mentioned. Love does not equal sex. And sex does not equal love. Sex is a tool of love, reserved for the husband and wife. Any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. I didn't write the Rules, folks. That we don't agree with them does not change them. Nor does disagreeing with them or disbelieving in them excuse violation of them.

For the Bernie Mac fans. Mac plays Mitch, Rock's brother who ends up being -- I won't tell you what to avoid spoiling too much of the plot in case you feel the moral assaults we reveal are acceptable to you and/or your kids. While all the support cast were dependent on and subordinate to Rock, Mac was to Rock as the Lone Ranger was to Tonto. When Mac came onscreen, Rock did not even need to be there. And wasn't several times. Mac even seemed to make sense of not knowing what NATO was. Maybe Mac and I are too much alike but I think he's cool.

In addition to the issue of sexual immorality in Head of State there are the lagnuage offenses likewise typical of PG-13. Fifty-nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Three uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] God's name in vain 7 times without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11].

There is more, itemized in the Findings/Scoring section.


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John 8:1 - 11 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
  • 1 Sam. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry...
  • Prov. 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. [A "rod" does NOT mean a literal beating with a pole or stick. The "rod" can be anyhting that corrects rebellion and arrogance. It can even be a kind word. See Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child: A Prental Perspective.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Head of State (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • human endangerment by massive explosion
  • slap
  • intimidation by threat
  • hits to face
  • corruption in election
  • assaults, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • insults of mother
  • 59 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • insults (including racial), repeatedly
  • hate talk, repeatedly
  • massive tattoos
  • foul language by a little girl
  • the use of the most foul of the foul words before small children, twice

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • suggestion of pedophilia
  • homosexual suggestion
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk, suggestion, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movement
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • "I believe in gay rights!"
  • homosexual stereotyping, multiple
  • women as toys, repeatedly
  • sex offer, repeatedly
  • masked nudity
  • inappropriate touch in sexual aggression
  • suggestion to act sexually immoral

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • excusing illegal drug use
  • drinking
  • booze
  • encouraging teen drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • seven uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "Thank God for crime!"
  • "God bless, America and no place else", repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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