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The King of Staten Island Review

There is something instantly familiar about The King of Staten Island, the new film from director Judd Apatow. Like earlier Apatow efforts such as Knocked Up, This is 40, and Funny People, it’s about a stunted man-child’s journey through several life situations and the emotional growth (or lack thereof) that results. But in this case, the movie is based on the life of its star, Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, who wrote the script with his longtime friend Dave Sirus. It’s also far removed from the typical Los Angeles environs of many of his movies and is set…
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The King of Staten Island

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) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys—Oscar (Ricky Velez), Igor (Moises Arias) and Richie (Lou Wilson)—and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley). But when his mother starts dating…
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