The situation that leads to Chris Rock (as Presidential candidate Mays Gilliam) participating in a political debate in 2003’s Head of State is unlikely—a Presidential and a VP candidate are killed in a plane crash mid-campaign, driving party higher-ups to choose Rock’s D.C. alderman as their replacement candidate—but, once he gets there, he pulls it off with flying colors. Despite some now-dated references to Nelly and Destiny’s Child, the fictional debate bears close resemblance to a debate you might see on television this month…um, sort of. Not really. Especially not when it devolves into playground taunting.The full debate scene, with some NSFW language, can be seen here.
Fighting Words: “I know you are but what am I?”