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The King of Staten Island

The King of Staten Island
The King of Staten Island
The King of Staten Island
  • R
  • 2h 17m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh75%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Knocked Up & The 40-Year-Old Virgin) directs Saturday Night Live breakout Pete Davidson in a bracing comedy about love, loss and laughter on Staten Island. Scott (Davidson) 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 (Maude Apatow, HBO's Euphoria) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Oscar®-winner Marisa Tomei) 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 toward moving forward in life.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh75%
Critics Consensus: The King of Staten Island's uncertain tone and indulgent length blunt this coming-of-age dramedy's ability to find itself, but Pete Davidson's soulful performance holds it together.
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
Common Sense Says
Funny, touching Pete Davidson story has profanity, drug use.

What Parents Need to Know

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.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:June 19, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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