The King of Staten Island

Published June 14, 2020

The King of Staten Island

Film info

  • Title The King of Staten Island
  • Director Judd Apatow
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 2hrs 17m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline A case of arrested development

Scott has been a case of arrested development 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 his buddies and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey. When his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter, it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps towards moving forward in life.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:53 I always wonder how much of people’s tattoos are real or not.
8:12 “I know you think I’m great, I’m awesome. I feel bad that you don’t think you’re great.”
14:50 Princess of the World. Who would want that job these days?
18:13 “Your dark sense of humour doesn’t work for me.”
20:26 Tattoo restaurant. I’m out.
23:59 Do NOT watch Game of Thrones with your mother.
30:39 “I regret my friendship with you guys.”
37:56 A tattoo artist with ADD doesn’t seem such a good plan.
40:20 “I’m rusty, you’re subtle, nice to meet you.”
47:55 $350 for the tattoo removal? I feel like it would be more.
55:48 You should start the speech where you’re throwing your son out with “you are so awesome.”
1:05:53 Nepotism?
1:09:20 “I started running too early!”
1:16:40 It’s not subtle to be talking about him in the car, even if you do think he’s asleep.
1:23:13 This whole eating smoke thing seems new.
1:27:45 Marisa Tomei is the best thing in this. For sure.
1:35:34 “I’m not a whole generation. I’m just a man. A man with feelings.”
1:42:33 “You think the people that are burning alive give a fuck if the truck is shiny?”
1:45:10 She doesn’t seem surprised he’s been staying with Ray. I’d be surprised!
1:55:19 “Touché, Ray.”
2:04:49 Random Game of Thrones.
2:08:23 This orange ferry is forever ruined thanks to Spiderman.
2:10:04 It’s a bit of a dick move to do this on test day.


We’ve had mixed results with Judd Apatow movies, he’s obviously a clever guy and his all-natural style is one that can take some getting used to but stands out from the crowd. The over-use of drugs can be annoying, and the uneven pace of the movies can be a problem.

This one is a prime example. It got off to a really slow start, the dude hanging out with his friends and smoking weed, and if we hadn’t paid slightly more for the rental due to it being an early release, we might have hit the twenty minute rule.

But we persevered and I’m so glad we did because it really came into its own. Once he started having to pull his own weight, taking the kids to school, and particularly learning so much about himself and his father at the fire-station, it just got really good. By the end, I would have been happy to watch another two hours of the same people just going about their lives.

I feel like the women really made it what it was, though. Marisa was by far the best thing in this, and Bel Powley did a great job too - pulling off an incredible American accent.

All in all, a success but that’s despite the fact that the cover and the director and the subject matter initially all put me off. Stick with it and there’s some gold to be uncovered within.

Rating: 4 / 5

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