Parents need to know that The King of Staten Island is a dramedy that's loosely based on star Pete Davidson's real life. Like the character he plays, he lost his firefighter father at a young age, a traumatic experience with lasting impact on his mental health. Not surprisingly for a Judd Apatow movie, it's frequently vulgar but also touching, funny, and authentic. Language is extremely strong, with constant use of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," and just about every other word imaginable. Characters smoke lots of pot and drink socially, and there are references to other kinds of drug use, including cocaine and antidepressants. There's one pretty graphic sex scene, with thrusting and groaning. Characters kiss, and there's some salty sex talk and innuendo. The main character narrowly avoids a crash when he closes his eyes while driving in what could be a suicide attempt. A tense robbery scene includes guns and shooting, a blood spurt, and punching. The movie also has comic fight scenes, a young boy yelping in pain from the prick of a tattoo needle, a bloody stomach wound, and a glimpse of a gory movie on TV. Ultimately, the movie offers a positive message of personal growth and the power and appeal of healthy relationships.