Just as the Greeks and Shakespeare knew, comedy stems from
tragedy. Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “The 40 Year-Old Virgin”) knows it too.
After fashioning a real-life based romantic comedy and starring vehicle for
comic Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck,” he does the same for SNL’s Pete Davidson. Giving
Davidson the lead role in his new film “The King of Staten Island” and using the
real-life tragedy of Davidson’s firefighter father’s death as a springboard, Apatow
imperceptibly creates comedic gold. With all of Apatow’s (and Staten Island’s)
trademark sarcasm and cynicism, it’s one of the best films you’ll see this year
and it’s available on demand.