King of Staten Island is the king of movies

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I’m back again, your favorite Pete Davidson fan (his #1 fan, obviously). A little less than a year ago, I reviewed Pete Davidson’s stand up comedy special on Netflix called “Pete Davidson: Alive from New York.” I absolutely loved it, even though some critics thought otherwise. I just think Pete Davidson is so funny, but I could see how he might not share the same sense of humor as others in this day and age. Regardless, I love him and will continue to watch and laugh at his comedy.

Last month, I watched “The King of Staten Island,” another Pete Davidson movie, and I absolutely loved it. It was originally intended to be released in movie theaters across the country; however, due to COVID-19 it was released digitally in June of 2020. Even I, an avid Pete Davidson fan, did not hear about this movie until I saw it on HBO Max a couple of weeks ago, and I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.

The weekend of its release it was the most rented film on many sites like Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Apple TV, and many more. 

Pete Davidson is a pretty well-known comedian I would say. From his standup to his permanent role on the cast of “SNL” to some of his appearances on Comedy Central, he’s brought a lot of laughs to a lot of people. Not going to lie, I had no idea who he was until he began his relationship with Ariana Grande; however, I still watched him after their breakup because he’s too funny.

“The King of Staten Island” is a semi-biographical movie. It was written by Davidson, and the main character is a mirror of himself. It’s set in Staten Island (duh) where he grew up and the main character, Scott, loses his father, a firefighter, in a hotel fire. Similarly, Davidson lost his father, who was also a firefighter, in 9/11. So it’s pretty clear that firefighting has a special place for him. After that Scott goes down the rabbit hole doing drugs, hanging around bad people, and distancing himself from his family. 

His mother meets another man, Ray, because Scott was breaking the law, and they seem to hit it off. Ray is also a firefighter which Scott has a hard time dealing with. Though he doesn’t get along with Ray, Scott loves Ray’s children. He goes to extremes and gets both him and Ray kicked out of his mom’s house. With nowhere to go, Scott ends up at the fire station where his father used to work and Ray currently works. There he learns about firefighting in a touching way while bonding with Ray. 

I love this movie. The message is so well done. Scott really learns about his father at the fire station and it’s a really nice ending to a movie you’d think would go another way. He really fixes himself and it’s a sweet ending. Not only was it touching, but it was really funny. Of course, Davidson is going to find one way or another to incorporate comedy into anything and it’s done so well that it doesn’t take away from the message.

What makes it even more special is how closely connected Davidson is to that story in real life. It’s almost like he was thinking about what would have happened if he didn’t have comedy, and that everything would have turned out okay in the end anyway. 

I don’t want anyone to miss this movie because it was released so quietly, so go watch it! It’s on HBO Max, or you can rent it on Amazon Prime or Hulu. Trust me, it’s worth the money.