The King of Staten Island is funny, a little bit frustrating, but funny none the less. All in all, it is worth the watch.

I know that people have their flaws and while I am accepting of that, there are characters like the one Pete Davidson plays (Scott) that really irritate me. You know, the kind of person who only thinks about themselves, not caring who they hurt by their actions. Worse, the kind of person that just continues to make stupid decisions that negatively affects others.

Thankfully, as frustrating as that was, it’s also some of what brought me laughter as I watched the movie. What really made me laugh though was Scott’s interaction with his close circle of friends. Oh, and the banter between him and Ray.

The story line provided an interesting take on how trauma can affect people in different ways. Getting to see Pete’s character grow was a relief and even that process brought some good laughs. I only wish they had ended the film with a little more closure because if I try to imagine how everything turns out, I picture him messing everything up somehow. I know, I know…I’m jaded.

This film has been Rated R and given that it contains bad words, sexual content and some other things I’ll refrain from sharing (as to not spoil it for you), it is correctly rated. Needless to say, it is not good for the kiddos but it is fun for us adults.

The King of Staten Island is on Demand June 12th!

Scott 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 heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys. But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray, 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.

 

My official rating…