Who Could Imagine A King? (Movie Thoughts: The King Of Staten Island)

kossI miss those days when every weekend, more often than not, I would looking forward to seeing a new film, whether it be a studio or independent release.  This week I only have Judd Apatow’s ‘The King of Staten Island,’ and I am only mildly interested in it. The scariest thing about it for me? The film runs at 145 minutes, a length that should be reserved for epics. This film isn’t one.

The film is a plodding mess. I disliked most of the characters in it, especially the main character, Scott. Played by Pete Davidson, Scott is one of those boys that never grew up. His family around him mentions some kind of mental illness, but we don’t really know how they get to that. What we do know is that he is ‘damaged’ because he lost his firefighter father at aged seven. Sure,  that’s a touch card to be dealt with, but a lto of other children experience the same thing and they do not act as childish and bratty as Scott. And Davidson is perfectly cast in that regard, for his acting range runs from angry to petulant. Most of the time, I just want to shake him and say grow up.  I disagreed with almost every action his character makes, making me not want to spend time in his world. As a result, that 145 minute felt like an eternity. Thank God for Marisa Tomei, the only bright spot i n the film for me – I always say she is an underrated actress, always an MVP in the films she is in.

Big Time Bore (Movie Thoughts: Big Time Adolescence)

1bbJeffrey Orley’s ‘Big Time Adolescence’ was kind of a big deal at last year’s Sundance and the film is finally making its way to audiences via Hulu. Pete Davidson got good notices for his performance here as Zeke, a man-child who hasn’t grown up. Gideom Gluck plays Monroe, a sixteen year old who is Zeke’s best friend (Zeke used to date Mo’s older sister) Their friendship is of the odd-couple variety – people around them wonder why they hang out – for Zeke, it’s a chance to relive his High School glory days and for Mo, it’s the ‘coo factor.’ Orley was Nancy Meyer’s assistant so I was hoping we would get a lot of heart in the film, but alas, there were only a few scenes that show tenderness. We have all seen this story before, and probably better. Gluck and Davidson are both fine, but nothing truly great.. It’s interesting to see Jon Cryer as Mo’s father when during his (and mine) time, he would have probably played his son’s role. The film held such promise, but it’s basically a big time bore – or maybe this is just not my kind of film.