‘The King of Staten Island’ and the management of crisis

Lucien WD
Lucien WD
Jun 13, 2020 · 5 min read

- “Time is passing by very quickly”

- “Why do you think I smoke weed all the time? So I can slow it down”

As both a director and a prolific comedy producer, Judd Apatow is no stranger to modern conceptions of the perpetual adolescent; the lay-about man-child still getting high in his mom’s house well into his 30s and 40s. In the fifteen or so years since Apatow had his first string of successes, it’s become a rather tired trope. White men without goals are simply not that interesting. But Apatow, after a tangent of several years supporting young female talent like Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, has found the one young white guy unique enough to reignite the type of movie he’s so fond of making. He found Pete Davidson.

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