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The King of Staten Island (2020)

Rayting:   7.1/10
Country: USA | Japan
Language: English

Scott has been a case of arrested development since his firefighter dad died. He spends his days smoking weed and dreaming of being a tattoo artist until events force him to grapple with his grief and take his first steps forward in life.

Director: Judd Apatow Writer:

Stars: Pete Davidson, Bel Powley and Ricky Velez

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cartsghammond 12 June 2020

I have followed Judd and Pete's careers pretty closely so naturally I was exited to see this movie. I wanted to see it in theaters but renting it for 20 dollars in my living room was my only option for now.

Pete has proved himself to be a funny guy and a competent actor, and even though he's playing a similar character to his role in Big Time Adolescence, this is a big step forward in his career.

I think this movie will probably receive criticism for not being as funny as some of Judd Appatows other movies, but I don't think this movie was aiming for a the same thing as Superbad and The 40 year old virgin. Judd often talks about how the key to making a good comedy is to make a good drama and add humor to it, this is the perfect example.

Pete's story is intriguing and feels completely worthy of a movie like this. Some people wanting a non stop laugh fest maybe not like it, and it does have flaws, but I really enjoyed it.

This is probably Judds best movie in 10 years. And I highly recommend giving it a watch.

jayson12524 11 October 2020

What a fantastic feel good film ! It's a movie about hope and a second chance at life ! It's funny and heartfelt and the entire cast is fantastic! I can't wait to see Pete Davidson in more films !

timmersnb 13 June 2020

This film is a true gem. I went into it not expecting much, but I was disappointed when the movie was over. Not many films I've seen recently left me feeling that way; especially Davidson's previous film "Big Time Adolescence". "The King of Staten Island" was funny, heartfelt, and raw at times. Personally, I've always felt like Pete Davidson was the least funny member of SNL, but this film opened my eyes to what he was about as a person and where his comedy stemmed from. I appreciate that the film doesn't pretend to be something different than what it is - Pete's semi-biographical story brought to life by a comedy directing/producing pro, Judd Apatow. The supporting cast of Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, and Steve Buscemi bring some pretty great performances to the table as well. Great story about that weird part of life in your early twenties where you're still not really sure what you're doing or where you're going on life's journey. It deals with living through loss, growing up and finding out your purpose in the world. I will recommend this to friends!

PennyForMyThoughts 13 June 2020

The film is unapologetically introspective and raw. It feels amateurish at times, but overall it really works for the story that is being told. More of a drama than a comedy, but with some truly funny moments.

rab-26586 13 June 2020

Bill Burr and Pete Davidson are an amazing duo. I know this is not a type of movie where they would have a part 2. But I would throughly enjoying watching this story continue on with all these characters. It was a little long but you would really feel the emotion between Bill and Pete.

mrltulsa 12 June 2020

King of Staten Island is a deeper dive into Pete Davidson, a mostly autobiographical look at why he is the way he is. Well done and well written and a great supporting cast from Bill Burr, Marissa Tomei and Steve Buscemi all were steller in supporting roles.

Be prepared, it is dark and not funny ha-ha, but definitely uses humor to deflect uncomfortable situations. Pete's always been an intriguing character to me, so this was a great way to pull the layers back, it's not always pretty, but I think it is definitely worth the price.

TwistedContent 12 June 2020

It is a fine day for something funny, relatable and wholesome & "The King of Staten Island" delivers a rather enjoyable package in that department. Judd Apatow's most famous include "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (which I loved) and "Knocked Up", and the last before last, whole 5 years ago, was "Trainwreck", which I happened to catch on the big screen, it was okay but not a fan... This time around Apatow directs a story co-written with its standout star Pete Davidson, dedicated to his dad Scott Davidson, and quite heavily inspired by Pete's own life. Though not without its flaws, I can tell You "The King of Staten Island" is easily my favorite Judd Apatow piece since 2005.

To most probably known as a member of SNL, now rising comic, actor and cool dude Pete Davidson is portraying Scott, a 24 year old who has been a case of ADD ever since his firefighter dad died when he was seven. Jobless and living with mom, Scott spends his days smoking bud, hanging out with friends and dreaming of being a tattoo artist. When some new characters enter his life, he is forced to grapple grief, trauma and take his first steps towards redemption. In real life, Pete Davidson's father was a firefighter who died in the line of duty, rescuing victims of the 9/11 attack. Cast member Steve Buscemi used to be a firefighter in the wake of the 80's, and returned to help on the day of the same tragedy.

"The King of Staten Island" is mainly a story about growing up, finding the good things, learning to accept those good things, and taking responsibility over one's life. There's genuine sentiment in its heart, which rests in just the right place, and it can also be legitimately funny. It's not structurally perfect, and can feel a little too scenic, focusing on the quality of separate sequences that do not add a lot of story. The big turning point starts manifesting itself as late as 100 minutes into the movie, and in the end the 2 hour and 17 minute runtime is a little too tall. Having said that, it is a dramedy that's never boring, always pleasantly amusing. This kind of plot, I believe, is pretty predictable by default, so enjoy the substitute, the always-present-low-key-charm. As a 23 year currently stuck in my hometown and great friends with Mary Jane, I felt like an appropriate audience member for "The King of Staten Island", and that's what I meant with "relatable and wholesome". Some might say that a big part of this movie isn't about a whole lot of anything, but I beg to differ, perhaps the idyllic view on such simplicities tells a lot.

I think it's apparent Pete Davidson is a pivotal part of why the movie works so well. In what might very likely be his best performance to date, he plays a likeable, decent guy with a good heart and some troubles in it, plays him so authentically one could guess some of it comes from a place of past pain. But that's not it, the supporting cast delivers well above average performances as well - do not miss the chance to see Bill Burr in a bigger role and rocking an impressive moustache, and the female counterparts for both - Bel Powley and Marisa Tomei, anchor the balance perfectly.

Judd Apatow is arguably one of Hollywood Heavyweights, making a film with a cast that don't fall back all that much, so the level of these ingredients resemble themselves also in every technical and aesthetical department. It's visually very well orchestrated, subtle and perfect i

madisonomdal 13 June 2020

A great addition to the Judd Apatow's comedy and sentimental work. Happy to see Pete Davidson succeed in this role. Really happy with this movie!!

kaguilar10 13 June 2020

I'll be honest...I liked this movie way more than I expected I possibly could. Pete Davidson is great in this and the film is well-written, funny, and touching. Highly recommended weekend viewing.

alfieford 13 June 2020

This films intention, is to take you on a journey. It presents itself initially, as a simple character study. As it divulges though. You begin to see that it's actually an examination of the people that interact with the lead and how they effect and are effected by his actions.

The quick cuts and edits are a perfect representation, of the ebb and flow of real life and are in no way unintentional or a mistake.

The premise and subject matter is not easily digested but at the core is a story of a young man stricken by grief who wants to contribute and find where he belongs.

Funny, heartwarming, original and will leave you satisfied after viewing

helghast-1337 13 June 2020

Not really a fan of Pete Davidson prior to this film and frankly still not a fan of him after it, but I respect his transformation in this movie. If you don't know (which at this point, I'm not sure how you couldn't) Pete's real dad was FDNY and died on 9/11. Whether or not he was able to use this to catapult his comedic career is something I don't know, but I never found him particularly funny. When he first got to SNL I thought he was going to be the next Andy Samberg, but his appearances seemed to fizzle and he was often relegated to doing pre-recorded bits on the show. It made me a little sad because I think his potential was and is wasted at SNL but perhaps it's one of those situations where they can't really fire him due to FDNY connections. I know it sounds kinda conspiracy theory-ish but those are my personal thoughts.

Now back to this film. I absolutely hated the first 30-45 minutes and was regretting my decision to watch the film, but I eventually finished it and I actually thought it was a decent story about personal transformation, something I definitely could relate to. Seeing the cherry picked reviews about how it was so funny and Apatow's best film are now confusing as it is neither hilarious or Apatow's best, but still very good. If you're like me and think the first half of the movie is awful, just hang in there and finish it. Everything comes together at the end so the beginning of the movie doesn't seem as awful as it is.

taylorneil-33596 28 June 2020

Loved this movie, funny,sad,happy, serious and more. Never knowing how it might end, so it left you wanting more. Great characters and enjoyable experience and left me with a great sense of humanity and chilled out feeling.

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