the king of staten island movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This excellent movie uses a great sense of humour for teens, but expect drug use and language. Directed by Judd Apatow and starring Pete Davidson, The King of Staten Island is an entertaining comedy.


24-year-old Scott still lives with his mother, Margie, as he remains undeveloped since the death of his firefighter dad when he was a child. He spends his days smoking weed with his friends and dreaming of being a tattoo artist until he is forced to take his first steps into life when his mother starts seeing a man named Ray, who is also a fireman.

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Director: Judd Apatow
Cast: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Rickey Velez, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Steve Buscemi
Writer: Dave Sirus, Pete Davidson, Judd Apatow
Release Date (Australia): 25 June 2020
Runtime: 136 minutes/2h 16m
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains thematic content relating to death and criminal activity.

Violence (M)

The film contains infrequent depictions of people being shot with accompanying brief blood sprays and depictions of a bloody wound.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains a single use of the word “c**t”, in addition to frequent use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (M)

The film features frequent scenes in which characters smoke marijuana, as well as several references to “being high”.

Sex (M)

The film features a brief anal sex scene and crude references to sex using the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for language and drug use throughout, sexual content and some violence/bloody images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The King of Staten Island doesn’t really achieve anything other than existing as an absolutely hysterical and entirely entertaining comedy-drama. It’s nowhere near the type of film to be classifed as heavy or truly serious, but it involves some of Pete Davidson’s actual struggles. Davidson, alongside Bill Burr and Marisa Tomei are simply brilliant in this film. Each of their performances are very lifelike and spot-on.

However, you’ll have forgotten about the cast’s excellent work by the end of the film. Mainly because their roles are very realistic, but the rationality of it blends perfectly with the entire storyline and the whole setting. The plot revolves around a drug addict dealing with the loss of his father, whilst handling his mother’s new firefighting partner. This film CANNOT be missed by Davidson’s or Burr’s biggest fans; their characters will engage and entertain everyone!

Judd Apatow is also tireless when it comes to using each of the 136 minutes wisely. Every moment has either super-jolly laughs or touching issues, but never becomes boring. That’s why it’s satisfyingly saddening once the credits begin rolling. All of the characters and each of their appealing personalities are completely purposeful, the laughs are always replayable and there’s a dazzling coming-of-age theme to it.

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