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The King of Staten Island

also known as “Il re di Staten Island,” “O rei de Staten Island,” “Изкуството да бъдеш възрастен,” “Король Стейтен-Айленда”
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for language and drug use throughout, sexual content and some violence/bloody images.
Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young-Adults
Genre:
Comedy Drama
Length:
2 hr. 16 min.
Year of Release:
2020
USA Release:
June 12, 2020 (on-demand digital streaming services / Theater release skipped due to Wuhan coronavirus)
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Relevant Issues

Boy who needs to move on and become a man

Arrested development

Loss of a father

Drug use

Firefighters

Tattoos

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Featuring: Pete DavidsonScott Carlin
Marisa TomeiMargie Carlin
Maude ApatowClaire Carlin
Steve BuscemiPapa
Bel PowleyKelsey
Pamela AdlonGina (Ray’s Ex-Wife)
Bill BurrRay Bishop
Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker) … Tattoo Shop Owner
Ricky VelezOscar
Lou WilsonRichie
Moises AriasIgor
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Director: Judd Apatow
Producer: Judd Apatow
Michael Bederman
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Universal Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about Pete Davidson growing up in Staten Island, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand up comedy.

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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  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme— • f-words (130+) • “mother-f***…” • middle-finger displayed • “banging” / “banged” / “bang” • “got laid” • “c*ck” / “c*cksucker” • “d*ck,” including “eat a d*ck” • “pr*ck” • “nuts” • “c*nt” • “p*ssy” / “p*ssies” • “t*ts” • “jerking… off” • s-words (60+) • “a**hole” (5) • “a**” (several) • “n*gger” • “b*tch” • song lyrics with inappropriate words • etc.
  • Sex: Extreme— • sex on-screen and off-screen • frequent very crude sexual dialog • reference to masturbation • kissing
  • Profane language: Very Heavy— • “J*sus Chr*st” (2) • “J*sus” (5) • “G*d d*mn” • “G*d” (3) • “d*mn” • “h*ll” (7) • “Holy sh*t”
  • Alcohol/Drugs: Very Heavy— • drinking beer and wine • apparent inebriation • smoking tobacco • smoking marijuana and references to it • illegal drug purchase attempt • reference to sales of crack
  • Violence: Heavy— • robbery • man shot in shoulder • man shot in head (bloody) • shooting at robbers • man shown badly wounded in abdomen (bloody) • fist fight • destroying possessions with baseball bat • etc.
  • Nudity: • male nudity (not explicit) • cleavage

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Secular Movie Critics
…grating, gauche… the thin laughs make us reach “All RIGHT already” far too soon…
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…a formulaic story… the filmmaker’s storytelling formula is beginning to show its age and it’s unclear if he’ll ever get tired of using it. [B+]
Jason Bailey, The Playlist
…doesn’t work… light on laughs and dismayingly low on star power… “The King of Staten Island” is about growing and learning lessons—but not much is learned, and there’s little growth. …
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
…lacklustre dramedy… never really connects emotionally… Pete Davidson lacks the charm to make an insufferable protagonist likeable… [2/5]
Matt Maytum, Games Radar
…“The King of Staten Island” lumbers from one thread to another, seemingly uncertain over what it’s about… the film’s execution doesn’t make room for much fun…
Kristy Puchko, IGN