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How to watch The King of Staten Island: stream Judd Apatow's new movie from anywhere

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Judd Apatow is perhaps best known for his more straightforward comedic works, with the American director, writer and producer bringing us modern classics like Bridesmaids, Knocked Up and Anchorman. But as his latest film proves, the Freaks and Geeks creator can also turn his considerable talents to more serious subject matter. Here's where to watch The King of Staten Island - streaming details and everything else you need to know about the new Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson movie are right here.

The King of Staten Island cheat sheet

Released: 2020

Director: Judd Apatow

Cast: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Steve Buscemi

Run time: 136 minutes

Rating: R (strong language, drug use)

Co-written by and starring Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson (Ariana Grande's ex, if you must), The Legend of Staten Island centers on 24-year-old New Yorker Scott (Davidson), who's firefighter father dies in an accident when he's still a child. He subsequently drops out of high school, spends most of his time getting high, and limits his life's ambitions to opening a hipster restaurant-cum-tattoo parlor one day.

The film is something of an autobiography for Davidson, who's own childhood experiences are reflected by The King of Staten Island's story - his firefighter Dad having died in service during the 9/11 attacks.

It's Apatow's most overtly serious work to date, replacing the bar room humor of films like The 40-Year-Old-Virgin and Trainwreck with a more darkly comedic take on the trademark Apatovian theme of arrested development. Any belly laughs are tempered by the fact that it's ultimately a raw and revealing portrait of an emotionally lost young man.

Enough of the film school pretensions, though. Having originally been scheduled to premiere at SXSW and launch in cinemas this fall, Apatow's latest movie has gone straight to VoD streaming due to the Covid-19 pandemic - so here's how to watch The King of Staten Island online from anywhere in the world today.

How to watch The King of Staten Island from abroad

The King of Staten Island is now available to watch on demand in a number of countries all over the world - but it's not universally covered.

While its VoD release means you can now stream it in places like the US, UK and Canada, some markets miss out due to the film's original cinematic launch still being a possibility - Australia and New Zealand being two such examples.

This is particularly problematic if you've bought the film, but subsequently find yourself abroad and unable to watch The King of Staten Island due to local geo-blocking restrictions. 

Don't take it out on the concierge or cab driver, though - you can access all the content and services you already pay for back home by using a VPN. Allow us to explain.

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There are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, we always recommend ExpressVPN. As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.

Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.

Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect to watch The King of Staten Island  just like you would at home.

Where to watch The King of Staten Island: streaming guide and VoD details

As we've said, The King of Staten Island dumped most of its theatrical release plans due to the Covid-19 pandemic making cinemas something of no-go zone for the foreseeable future. 

Here's a look at the most popular streaming services where you can stream the new Judd Apatow movie online right now - some will require you to verify your credit card details in order to sign-up, but others like Vudu will let you pay via PayPal if that's more convenient.

Remember that if you've rented The King of Staten Island but can't stream it when you want to because you're abroad, a good VPN like ExpressVPN will help you regain access to and watch all of the digital content you purchased at home.

James Laird

James is a technology journalist with nearly 10 years experience and currently Sports and TV Streaming Editor at Future, where he works across TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide. He is here to help you find the best ways to watch sports, TV shows and movies online. Previously, he was News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, Editor of Lifehacker UK, and Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.