The King of Staten Island is a good film; as is the case with all Judd Apatow directed comedy/drama movies I’ve seen. To name just three: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and This is 40 (2012),
Starring Pete Davidson, Bill Burr, Marisa Tomei and Bell Powley, Apatow’s movie is about a young man named Scott (Davidson). Particularly his coming of age story after years of arrested development following the loss of his father in a hotel fire.
Based largely on Davidson’s personal story, The King of Staten Island is both moving and funny in all the right places. Scott’s emotional journey and personal growth is well drawn; making for a believable story. I enjoyed the jokes, even in the moments when Scott wasn’t especially likeable. Additionally, everyone performed well. However, I was especially impressed by one of my favourite comics Bill Burr’s dramatic turn as Ray.
As for some highlights, I particularly enjoyed all the jokes at the expense of Staten Island. And one of the most moving scenes is when Scott goes to pick up Rays children for the first time.
Overall, The King of Staten Island is worth watching for a moving story about a young man who finally decides to live life on purpose.
If you’re a Judd Apatow and or a Pete Davidson fan, then definitely watch it if you haven’t already.
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