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Staten Islander Reviews The King of Staten Island


I want to preface this by saying that, going into the film, I wasn’t all too familiar with Pete Davidson’s work as a comedian on SNL. The little I did see of him, however, I didn’t particularly enjoy at the time. His delivery was always stilted, a little stumbled, and at most times I felt like he was just rambling. Still, despite my previous presumptions of him, while watching this film I tried my best to put aside any former opinions of Davidson’s work and judge the film solely on what is being presented on the screen.


The plot of the film is fairly simple at face value. The beginning of the film starts off with Pete Davidson driving and nearly falling asleep. Judging by the dark circles under his eyes, it gives the impression of someone worn down, tired and a bit depressed. He even zones out to the point where he almost gets into a car accident. The opening scene sets a dark undertone to the rest of the film, despite the comedy sprinkled in throughout almost every scene of the film. Scott, the main character played by Pete Davidson, is the son of a deceased firefighter who died in a fire, and lives with his mother and sister (who goes away to college at the beginning of the film). Issue being, he’s 24, a bit problematic, and his mother seems to give him too much. Still, Scott clearly deals with depression from the death of his father and suffers from a feeling of abandonment. He’s an awkward guy, a little skittish, and incredi