The King of Staten Island

The King of Staten Island ★★★½

A solid look at a life loosely lived, Judd Apatow's "The King of Staten Island" finds Pete Davidson's layabout twenty-something, Scott , in need of maturity. Weed, ill-thought tattoo artistry, and a general lack of direction mark the comedy's protagonist who spends the story having pieces of his life put in place for him by the characters that fill his days. The story wanders point to point but is filled with recognizable heart and players, and Apatow works on a kind-of unpolished canvas to let that story unfold. Appealing and fittingly told, the film does its job with a genuine soul.

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