The King of Staten Island might have a title befitting a mob movie set in New York City’s most disrespected borough, but that’s not what it is. A just-released trailer reveals that the film is tale of a stoned slacker shaped by tragedy, an alternately funny and sad hyperlocal tale with universal themes.
The subject matter is a great fit for director Judd Apatow, who gets to revisit his favorite topics: men struggling with adulthood, tragedy begetting comedy, emotionally fraught relationships. But this is unquestionably Pete Davidson’s movie.
Davidson stars as Scott, an aspiring tattoo artist who’s been stuck scarred by the death of his firefighter dad in the line of duty. His sister goes off to college, leaving Scott at home under the pretense of loyalty to his mom when he actually spends his time smoking weed with his friends and giving them terrible tattoos.
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