The King of Staten Island ★★★★

The recurring flaw of Apatow’s films—the undisciplined editing, scenes that meander beyond their welcome, end awkwardly so that the actors can riff, etc.—is ultimately forgivable due to a richness of texture and personality, perhaps thanks to the overtly autobiographical elements. I grew fond of these characters and their capacity for ugliness coupled with their endearing traits. They're like real human beings.

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