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‘The King of Staten Island’ is the king of lazy comedies

‘The King of Staten Island’ is the king of lazy comedies

‘The King of Staten Island’ is the king of lazy comedies
June 17
12:00 2020

Every single year, we get a movie starring a “Saturday Night Live” actor, and every single year those movies seem to get less and less creative. “The King of Staten Island” is the newest member of the bunch, with Pete Davidson serving as our main character. If nothing else, director Judd Apatow adds another B-tier comedy to his resume, and Davidson struggles to act as himself.

To start, the movie has no reason being as long as it is. Clocking in at an exhausting two hours and 20 minutes, I found myself absolutely dumbfounded when I thought the movie was coming to a close and there was still 45 minutes left. I think if a story like this had been told in 80 minutes, I would be writing a completely different review. This needed to be trimmed, and I could have been spared the extra 40 minutes of Davidson stumbling around on screen.

The writing in this movie is absolutely terrible. I cannot blame that on the script, though, due to the fact that there was so much terrible improvisation going on. I felt like I was back in my middle school theater class. If I had a dollar for every time Davidson said “like” in this movie, I would have enough money to fund my own comedy starring a SNL member. Side characters felt annoying, and the core characters acted like completely different people at certain points of the movie, most notably Davidson’s mom in the film, played by Marisa Tomei.

I feel it is unfair to be so harsh on a generic comedy, but come on now, we have seen this movie before. The predictable setups and payoffs only add up to a bland outcome. I found myself putting my face into my palm and audibly asking myself if I really heard whatever line of dialogue had just come out of Davidson’s mouth. I feel the movie has a pretty clean-cut motive, and I think there are a lot of scenes that could have been left in the editing room. If I fell asleep 20 minutes into this movie and woke up with 20 minutes left, I would be able to put the pieces together just fine.

The first half of this movie is almost a chore to sit through, but when the second half starts to actually develop, I found myself enjoying it a little bit more. This is not the worst movie I have seen this year, for “Dolittle” still holds that trophy, and there were a lot of little bits I found serviceable.

The movie goes from a stoner-comedy to a coming-of age-story, and that is when the movie thrives most. Seeing people like Steve Buscemi in a movie is always enjoyable and I think the majority of the cameos from a lot of Davidson’s close friends were fun to acknowledge too. 

The movie was dedicated to Davidson’s father, and I can’t help but address that there were a couple heartfelt moments in this movie that made me smile a little. Movies like this get spit out on a yearly basis, and what separates the good from the bad is the writing and the characters. This movie didn’t have the best-written characters, nor the best script in general, but it was clear to see everyone was having a good time while filming. We have had a shortage of feel-good movies this year, for obvious reasons, and if someone watches this movie and feels a sense of joy after, I could not blame them for it. 

Is Davidson going to win an Oscar? Absolutely not. Will I remember this movie at all? Probably not. At the end of the day, a movie like this is one you want to watch with your friends with a bunch of junk food and just have a good time.

Final Rating: 2.5/5

Featured Image: Courtesy Universal Pictures

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