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
Cast: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Steve Buscemi, Pamela Adlon
June 26, 2020
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Rated R for language and drug use throughout, sexual content and some violence/bloody images
Runtime: 2h 16min
The King of Staten Island offers more than it looks like on its surface. Sure it’s another Apatow exploration of a man stuck in arrested development but there is a bit more here than usual. It’s very funny in spots and touching in others with a large part of the pathos coming from Davidson’s proximity to the subject matter. Since the primary portion of the plot hits close to home for him, his performance is impressive and heartfelt as he avoids any moments of self parody. It’ll come as a surprise to people who have never seen him outside of skits on SNL, it’s a pleasant surprise but it can’t mask some of the films overall issues. Apatow, after all these years, is still terribly unfocused as a director and it really shows here. There are multiple sequences that feel like they need some strong edits and tightening overall. Tone also tends to shift sporadically over the course of the film which lessens the impact of some moments. Luckily for Apatow his film is stocked with excellent supporting players like Maisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Pamela Adlon and Steve Buscemi. Together they make the film feel much breezier than you’d expect for a film that’s over 2 hours long. This film won’t be considered a classic like Knocked Up or 40 Year Old Virgin but it’s definitely one of his better films in recent memory.