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 – Oscar, Igor, and Richie – and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey. 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.
The King of Staten Island is written and directed by Judd Apatow On TV in the ‘90s he worked on “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Freaks and Geeks.” He then helped reshape American film comedy, directing “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005) and “Knocked Up” (2007). His 70 producing credits include both highly successful TV series (“Girls”) and highly successful films (“The Big Sick”).
In his real life, Pete Davidson’s father was also a firefighter who died in the line of duty. Scott Davidson’s unit, Ladder Company 118 in Brooklyn Heights, responded to the call to the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and were in the middle of rescuing people in the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel when the WTC towers collapsed on the building. Pete was seven years old. The film is dedicated to the memory of Scott Davidson.
The King of Staten Island was scheduled to have its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 13, 2020. The festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic. It was rescheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, 2020, which was also canceled. Originally scheduled for a theatrical release on June 19, 2020, the film is now scheduled to be released through video on demand on June 12, 2020. You can rent the video after June 12 on Amazon.
Marisa Tomei plays Scott’s mother, with Bill Burr as a firefighter who becomes her love interest, and Steve Buscemi as his boss.
Bel Powley as Kelsey
Maude Apatow as Claire
Steve Buscemi as Papa
Pamela Adlon as Gina
Jimmy Tatro as Savage
Ricky Velez as Oscar
Moisés Arias as Igor
Carly Aquilino as Tara
Lou Wilson as Richie
Mario Polit as Rivera
Luke David Blumm
Colton Morrow-Merrill as Scooter