Lion of the Blogosphere

The King of Staten Island

Very good movie, captures the essence of Staten Island. Some critics thought the Staten Island accents were overdone, but obviously those critics have never been to Staten Island. It’s a comedy, but it’s also a drama. They call that a dramedy.

Is it making fun of proles, glorifying them, or maybe a little of both?

Whenever the the audience scores at Rotten Tomatoes are higher than the critics’ scores, especially for a long sometimes slow-moving movie like this, you have to wonder what’s going on. What social justice box didn’t this check? It’s certainly much better than that awful Star Wars movie which the critics loved.

While critics praised the performances of the female actresses, the story is a story about men. About the the importance of having a father. Scott is screwed up because his father died when he was seven, and he grew up without a father. It’s totally fitting that I watched this movie on Father’s Day.

After Scott moves into the fire station and lives with a bunch of older prole males who act as father figures, Scott gets his life back in order. At the fire station, he escapes the toxic femininity of his mother, sister, his mother’s boyfriend’s ex-wife, and he learns how to be a man.

The message of the movie doesn’t fit the liberal Narrative.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 21, 2020 at 10:15 PM

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  1. I saw the trailers. Accents seemed way underdone. I remember one time sitting in an Applebee’s on Staten Island trying not to laugh. I wondered if the people around me had any idea how stupid they sounded.


    June 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM

  2. What’s with this fireworks bonanza throughout the city when the sun begins to dusk? They are usually lit up by NAMs that even a place like Staten Island is rattled. Are guidos not taking their swinging bats at the perpetrators?

    The police refuses to respond to these complaints as illegal fireworks are being exploded, frightening people’s kitties and pooches.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    June 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM

    • People are cooped up and need to blow off steam. Also a big contributing factor to the riots


      June 22, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    • JS, what is it with you and this “bat wielding guido” nonsense? If guidos were going to take a bat to anyone it would probably be you – for all the anti-guido statements you’ve made over the years. Let me know when all these bat-wielding guidos actually keep a neighborhood Italian. I’d like to move there.

      Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

      June 22, 2020 at 9:56 PM

    • Yep, I’m hearing the bonanza right now!

      Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

      June 22, 2020 at 10:09 PM

  3. Toxic femininity is a thing.

    Most of what the far-left obsesses on or claims js is a problem is the reverse of the truth…

    Robert the Libertarian

    June 22, 2020 at 12:44 AM

  4. I grew up in a townhouse neighborhood in Staten Island. None of the people I grew up went to college save one, who did sports journalism at the College of Staten Island. One is your stereotypical guido who now is a casting agent for a rap band. One works in a boiler room for stock markets (after failing multiple times before finally passing the certification). Finally, one is a high school teacher that he got by virtue of his father having been a teacher in a teacher’s union.

    Whatever you may think of them, they were the glue on which America (along with other proles) held together. The upper middle classes are more polished, refined and educated, but also the ones too cowardly to stand up to PC, BLM, etc. (and with even a few of the insane ones driving it).

    Like Lion, I wish there was a synthesis of both: a Mitt Romneyesque polished figure who articulates clearly patriotism, middle class values, and so on. But that is probably asking for too much.

    Red pill aspie

    June 22, 2020 at 8:30 AM

  5. I watched the scene where the heavy guy seeks assistance at the firehouse and part of the scene leading up to it. The accents barely register compared to genuine SI accents. Pete Davidson barely has any accent. Did he go to acting school or something?

    The scene was funny and the large guy did come across as a genuine staten islander. The only problem I had was the ER’s indifference to the injured man. I’ve been to the ERs here countless times and 90% of the caregivers I’ve encountered are extremely kind and attentive. If you are in critical shape you are seen immediately. So flashing the firefighter badge to get him treatment was unrealistic, although I’m sure FFs and LE do get better care.


    June 22, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    • For the most part the movie is very believable, but there are obviously some scenes that were inserted for comedy or exaggeration.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 22, 2020 at 4:49 PM

  6. I saw the trailer for this movie and to me the accents seemed spot on. Let’s remember that in any given geographical area there will be a range of speech patterns – not one pattern that is “the real one” while all others are modified versions.

    But I’ve been reluctant to see this movie because I don’t like to see S.I. put down. I’m wondering why Lion liked this film. It must put S.I down if he said it “captured the essence of Staten Island.” Peter Davidson may be the only person who dislikes S.I more than Lion. Although, I really think Pete was just a misfit type who would have disliked any area he grew up in. I could see him as a rural Southerner thinking the South is bigoted and provincial. Or from a small community in the Midwest, echoing JS’s claim that all Americans are provincial proles. If he grew up in a liberal suburb of Boston he’d be the kid who read National Review and thought his neighbors were all NPR-loving socialists.

    Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

    June 22, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    • From what little I saw this was an affectionate homage to SI.

      Davidson has BPD so he’s something of a nutcase.I feel bad for the guy.


      June 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  7. Midland Beach on Staten Island is one of the best beaches ever. Clean sand, and lot of it, a beautiful view including the Sandy Point Lighthouse, and almost no people. It is completely different from other NYC public beaches. If you go on a summer weekday, you have your own private beach. If you go on a summer weekend, you have the spread-out population of a very exclusive beach resort (though no waiters bringing you drinks).

    Staten Island in general is a very non-NYC place. ALL the lawn signs right now are for Republicans running in tomorrow’s primary. Staten Island went for Trump substantially. I think it was 60-40, but I’m too lazy to look it up right now.

    Amused Observer

    June 22, 2020 at 10:16 PM

    • I have long referred to Midland Beach as my private beach with four personal lifeguards.

      However, and I don’t know if this can be predicted, you occasionally get a nasty garbage washup on the beach and in the shallow waters. There are also jellyfish invasions that aren’t always noticeable until you’re in the water and surrounded.

      The bathroom facilities are mildly gross but I’ve seen worse.


      June 23, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    • Half naked on the sand is what proles like to do at the beach.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      June 23, 2020 at 3:52 PM

  8. when would you estimate is too older for law school or MBA (career change)?


    June 23, 2020 at 3:58 PM

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