THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
Release Date: June 12, 2020 (VOD)
Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bel Powley, Bill Burr
Plot: A mid-20's man, still directionless and living with his mom, is shaken by several events that force him to confront his past and plan for the future
Clint Says: Worth a watch, but make sure the kids are in bed first
For fans of SNL you already know what a fantastic talent Pete Davidson is. For everyone else, you are about to find out. Davidson plays the going-nowhere son of a hero firefighter killed in the line of duty. This had to be somewhat of a cathartic role for him since his real father was a firefighter killed on 9/11.
Considering the subject matter and this being Davidson's first starring role in a feature film, this could have easily fallen off the rails and become a 2-hour slog. Instead, it has a special magic to it that you rarely see in comedies.
The film does take a while to get going, but after about 30 minutes it hits its stride and becomes a great movie. Marisa Tomei adds so much to the film that I would say this is her best role since she played Mona Lisa Vito in MY COUSIN VINNY.
The rest of the cast fill out the story well. There are several entertaining characters that spice everything up. Bel Powley and Steve Buscemi are standouts that steal several scenes.
For those of you wanting a polished comedy from an SNL veteran, like the films from Will Ferrel, Adam Sandler, and Chris Farley, you'll want to adjust your settings before watching this one. This feels much more like a low-budget indie film. It is amazing and hilarious, but it isn't your typical comedy style. Fans of indie cinema are going to love this.
If you are looking for some good laughs in a story that feels like it shouldn't have a bunch of laughs this is your movie. Put the kids to bed early, (this film is 2 hours 16 minutes), and snuggle up on the couch for a fun night with a great movie.