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The King of Staten Island (2020)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 June 2020 (USA)
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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.


Judd Apatow
173 ( 89)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Davidson ... Scott Carlin
Bel Powley ... Kelsey
Ricky Velez ... Oscar
Lou Wilson ... Richie
Moises Arias ... Igor
Carly Aquilino ... Tara
Marisa Tomei ... Margie Carlin
Maude Apatow ... Claire Carlin
Robert Vidal III Robert Vidal III ... Jimmy Bags' Brother
Angus Costello ... Kid Who Vomits
Pauline Chalamet ... Joanne
Lynne Koplitz ... Joy
Joseph Paul Kennedy ... Todd
Nina Hellman ... Joanne's Mother
Jack Hamblin Jack Hamblin ... Joanne's Father


Scott 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 heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys - Oscar, Igor and Richie - and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey. But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray, 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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use throughout, sexual content and some violence/bloody images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The film was scheduled to open in about 100 theaters, mostly drive-ins. Due to the 2020 pandemic, two days before the release date, the theaters were abruptly informed they would not able to show the film. Instead, the release was limited to video-on-demand. See more »


When Scott has breakfast at home with Ray for the first time, Ray talks about different celebrities' accomplishments by age 24. Ray says that Roger Stabauch graduated from West Point. Roger actually graduated from The Naval Academy 1963. See more »


Kelsey: What are those numbers on your arm?
Scott Carlin: That's the date my dad died.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the Memory of Scott Davidson See more »


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Head Over Heels
Written by Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine
Performed by The Go-Go's
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Better than expected, worth a watch and definitely relatable
13 June 2020 | by helghast-1337See all my reviews

Not really a fan of Pete Davidson prior to this film and frankly still not a fan of him after it, but I respect his transformation in this movie. If you don't know (which at this point, I'm not sure how you couldn't) Pete's real dad was FDNY and died on 9/11. Whether or not he was able to use this to catapult his comedic career is something I don't know, but I never found him particularly funny. When he first got to SNL I thought he was going to be the next Andy Samberg, but his appearances seemed to fizzle and he was often relegated to doing pre-recorded bits on the show. It made me a little sad because I think his potential was and is wasted at SNL but perhaps it's one of those situations where they can't really fire him due to FDNY connections. I know it sounds kinda conspiracy theory-ish but those are my personal thoughts.

Now back to this film. I absolutely hated the first 30-45 minutes and was regretting my decision to watch the film, but I eventually finished it and I actually thought it was a decent story about personal transformation, something I definitely could relate to. Seeing the cherry picked reviews about how it was so funny and Apatow's best film are now confusing as it is neither hilarious or Apatow's best, but still very good. If you're like me and think the first half of the movie is awful, just hang in there and finish it. Everything comes together at the end so the beginning of the movie doesn't seem as awful as it is.

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12 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson Project See more »


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