ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – P – The King of Staten Island (2020) Movie Review

This is under P because of Pete Davidson.

Director: Judd Apatow

Writer: Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, Dave Sirus (Screenplay)

Starring: Pete Davidson, Bel Powley, Ricky Velez, Lou Wilson, Moises Arias, Carly Aquilino, Marisa Tomei

Plot: 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.

Runtime: 2 Hours 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The King of Staten Island starts as we slacker stoner Scott Carlin (Davidson) who is about to see his little sister head off the college, leaving him alone with his mother Margie (Tomei). Scott has no direction in life, wanting to be a tattoo artist but lacking the focus for it.

When Margie starts dating again, Scott is forced to help being babysitter, with his busboy role, with them encouraging him to move out of the house and make Staten Island important again.

Thoughts on The King of Staten Island

Characters & Performances – Scott Carlin in a stoner slacker who has never recovered from his father’s death, he spends most days just getting high having no focus towards his goals of being a tattoo artist. He must learn to find a target in life who risk fading away and losing the people he loves. He does go on a journey to learn about himself once he finally gets a father figure in life. Pete Davidson does give us a strong performance for a stand up, one that is closer to his heart. Margie is the mother that has been shielding Scott for a long time, but has given up her own personal life to make this happen, she wants to try and have her own life now. Ray is the new boyfriend that clashes with Scott to start with, but soon learns he is just after direction, knowing his father did the same job as him. The performances in the film are strong throughout, with Pete Davidson getting the main spotlight.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that is struggling to find his direction in life after his father’s death when he was younger, but now he must finally take the chance to figure out what he wants before he loses everything he loves. This is a story that will give us a chance to see how a character must look to improve themselves to improve their lives, it will have a personal message from Pete Davidson along the way. One of the issues you will find in the film, is not knowing what makes Staten Island different, from the rest of New York, it seems to be part of a joke that I didn’t understand.

ThemesThe King of Staten Island is a comedy that shows the character Scott that is struggling with life, with moments of comedy to help find his direction in life. The location relies on us knowing about Staten Island to New York City.

Final Thoughts The King of Staten Island is a nice comedy drama that is filled with a personal message from the star.

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