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The King of Staten Island (2020)



Critic Consensus: The King of Staten Island's uncertain tone and indulgent length blunt this coming-of-age dramedy's ability to find itself, but Pete Davidson's soulful performance holds it together.

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Scott (Pete Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He's now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow, HBO's Euphoria) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Oscar (R) winner Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys--Oscar (Ricky Velez, Master of None), Igor (Moises Arias, Five Feet Apart) and Richie (Lou Wilson, TV's The Guest Book)--and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley, Apple TV+'s The Morning Show). But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray (Bill Burr, Netflix's F Is for Family), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.

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Pete Davidson
as Scott Carlin
Marisa Tomei
as Margie Carlin
Bill Burr
as Ray Bishop
Bel Powley
as Kelsey
Maude Apatow
as Claire Carlin
Pamela Adlon
as Gina (Ray's Ex-Wife)
Jimmy Tatro
as Firefighter Savage
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Firefighter Lockwood
Mike Vecchione
as Firefighter Thompson
Lou Wilson
as Richie
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If you're prepared to give Davidson a chance, Apatow's entertainment instincts and a well-chosen supporting cast are enough to ensure the film never becomes an outright drag.

July 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Viewers familiar with Davidson's role as a similar good-natured yet immature loafer in 2019's Big Time Adolescence may find the typecasting unoriginal, but the fact of the matter is this: it's a type Davidson shines in.

June 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The King of Staten Island is more than a run-of-the-mill genre movie. It is a brutally honest, first-person account of what can happen to a family when tragedy strikes.

June 19, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In the latter half of the film, Apatow finally starts to home in on the point of his tale, and that's when The King of Staten Island becomes compelling and moving.

June 14, 2020 | Full Review…

I don't feel like this is the lightning in a bottle magic that some of [director Judd Apatow's] films have been... But it's enjoyable, if too long.

June 12, 2020 | Full Review…

There is a fascinating push-pull at the center of this, where Pete Davidson almost breaks out of the Judd Apatow template and makes a movie that feels interesting on its own.

June 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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