The King of Staten Island (2020) Analysis & Review: Finding Comedy in Trauma

In this video essay, The Film Essay looks at Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow’s 2020 film The King of Staten Island. In this analysis, review and explained video, they look at how Davidson successfully generates comedy out of serious issues relating to mental health, trauma, and grief, to give the viewer a fresh and interesting comedy. They also analyze Apatow’s use of montage, the soundtrack and Staten island location of the film, and the real-life tragedies the film is based on.

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