(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND: This working-class neighborhood comedy- drama is set in the same kind of neighborhood as Barry Levinson's classic DINER, but in Staten Island instead of Baltimore. Pete Davison plays Scott Carlin as a loser would-be tattoo artist with ADD and a host of other problems. Writer-director Judd Apatow (who co-wrote with Davison and Dave Sirus) has a good ear for dialogue and gives the film a strong working-class feel. Released on VOD 06/12/20, after its planned theatrical release was cancelled due to the pandemic. Rating: +2 (-4 to +4)

					Mark R. Leeper
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