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‘The King of Staten Island’ Is More Than Just Outer-Borough Tourism

The weirdest scene in any Judd Apatow movie has to be the bit in Trainwreck when LeBron James stages an intervention for his close friend Aaron (Bill Hader) featuring Chris Evert, Matthew Broderick, and Marv Albert. It’s an amazing assemblage, and Hader’s character knows it; as the only noncelebrity in the room, he’s at once skeptical and freaked out about what it all means. “Not all of us can be Ferris Bueller and marry the star of Sex and the City,” his character pleads at one point, by way of explaining his modest goals. “Why not? I did,” Broderick replies, secure in the knowledge that what Aaron calls his “charmed life” is just business as usual. The point isn’t whether the sequence is funny (if we’re ranking the cameos, Marv Albert is the MVP) but what it suggests about Apatow’s relationship to celebrity, which is at once self-conscious and second nature. It’s a complex structure that gets another variation in The King of Staten Island, which hits VOD on Friday and stars Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson as a version of himself, a heavily tattooed 20-something dealing with depression and mourning the tragic death of his firefighter father while deciding what to do with his life.

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