King of Staten Island, The: Judd Apatow’s Serio-Comedy, Starring Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei

Judd Apatow directed The King of Staten Island, a serio-comedy from a screenplay by Apatow, Pete Davidson, and Dave Sirus.

Grade: B (*** out of *****)

The King of Staten Island
The King of Staten Island.jpeg

Official promotional poster

The film stars Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, and Steve Buscemi.

The tale follows a young man who must get his life together after his mother starts dating a new man who, like his deceased father, is a firefighter.

The King Of Staten Island

Davidson, better known for his SNL work, renders a commendable performance as Scott, a young guy of 24 who has attention deficit disorder, and is unable to commit to a relationship, or a steady job.  Self-loathing and self-destructive, he smokes weed to slow down time.

After inking a young kid’s arm on the fly, the boy’s fireman father, Ray (Bill Burr), shows his rage, and ends up dating Scott’s mother (Marisa Tomei). Scott, hellbent on sabotaging their happiness, then engages in a series of  outrageous acts.

The film has been described as a “semi-biographical” take on the life of Davidson (a co-writer of the script), who lost his firefighter father during 9/11 attacks and has had his own battles with mental illness.

Originally intended to be theatrically released by Universal, the film streamed digitally via Premium VOD on June 12, 2020.