“The King of Staten Island” is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about comedian and “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson. Davidson plays Scott, a 24-year old depressed stoner that lives with his widow mom in Staten Island and wants to become a tattoo artist. When Scott’s mom decides to date a fireman, it brings up emotion because his dad died in a fire when he was younger.

First and foremost, I will say this, if you are a fan of Pete Davidson, you will love this movie.

If you are not a fan of Pete Davidson, you will most likely not like this movie. There might be some people that are in between, but Davidson is someone who you either love or hate. I think Davidson is great, so I enjoyed watching this movie a lot. 

The only big negative that I had during this movie was the length. I saw it at an early screening and that was the biggest complaint. Director Judd Apatow loves making long movies that need to be cut by 15-20 minutes. There is a scene at a baseball game that I would have taken out just to save time.

Other than the length of the movie, “The King of Staten Island” is a really funny movie with a heart. Like I said, you either like Davidson or not but one thing that cannot be denied is he is great in the movie. I’m sure he had a blast making this movie and it shows. The scenes where he hangs out with his friends are gut-busting and I could have had a whole movie about that.

All of the performances are really good. Each actor in the movie has a scene that is very memorable and scene-stealing. Other than his friends and his girlfriend in the movie, Bill Burr steals most of the movie. For the first 10 minutes, you realize that it is Burr but after that, he disappears in the role. Burr has always been an underrated actor.

The soundtrack selection is fun and will probably be hit or miss for most people. Most of the music is hip hop and it definitely fits the movie. 

Behind all of the dick jokes and dead father jokes, there is a really heartwarming story that deals with acceptance, loneliness, and trauma. Davidson lays it all on the table in this movie and tells us how he feels. With the help of Apatow, he wrote the screenplay and you can tell.

While I don’t think this will go down as one of Apatow’s classic movies, it is still a fun movie with themes that are relatable and jokes that will make you laugh.

4/5

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