Movie Review: The King of Staten Island

September 21, 2020

Details from IMDB:

The King of Staten Island (2020)



| | ComedyDrama | 12 June 2020 (USA)

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

Initial Thoughts:

I always seem to have Cineplex promo codes these days (this means I can pick out a movie from their online store and watch it at home), so my wife picked out this one and we watched it. I have also seen other movies he's done and they can be quite funny (though often too long).

Main Points:

I know the words were just out of my mouth, this movie is too long and starts off really slow (and depressing!). To be honest I think you could probably start watching at least 45 minutes in and not miss anything.

The main character, Scott, is a complete asshole for a lot of this movie. Yes, he has reasons but he's just so unlikeable that it makes the movie hard to watch. Another big issue I had is that events in this movie seem so very far fetched (especially since this isn't a sci-fi movie!) that it really strains your suspension of disbelief. 

I'm being very negative, there are some good performances here, I always love Steve Buscemi and it was nice to see him in this. Marisa Tomei is also always great and takes a challenging role here and does it well. Yes, there are some funny/touching moments but they are few and far between for over an hour. The movie does get better and the way they show firefighters both in and out of action, is interesting and I'd say realistic. Apatow is trying to show how the main character struggles with mental health and depression and to some extent, he succeeds. 

Final Thoughts:

I really don't know if I could recommend this movie, it's just so odd. I suppose I'll say if you're in a situation like me and can watch this for free (and you're a happy person) then sure but don't expect a lot. The film gets better but with a strangely abrupt ending, I can really only give it 6.5 out of 10. Please don't bring kids to this, lots of drug use, some violence and lots of coarse language, ages 17+.