Parents' Guide to

Staten Island Summer

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unfunny comedy with lots of teen sex, drugs, drinking.

Movie R 2015 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+


I enjoyed the movie really well! This review may not mean anything, or may not become crossed, but overall the movie did have me feeling like I was at home at that pool. They should definitely 100% make a new one , same cast, but they haven’t quite went off to college yet. One last party before the big move , or something like that. Real shame to see that this series has come to an end, even after only one movie upon its release. Shame on you movie producers for not making another one. But overall , other people may not agree on the drugs and all that, but honestly, it’s life. You live once, you move on, not everyone’s gonna be your parents, or live yo to your expectations, because your silly little vague opinions don’t matter in this world! Overall though, great movie, I reccomend a 2nd, I’d definitely go see it.
age 16+

Stare at the ceiling instead

I'm not even going to bother talking about the sex and cussing and guns and whatnot. This is just plain boring. There literally is no story line. There is no plot, no climax, no conclusion. It's just a bunch of faces doing things until the credits start to roll.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This could have been so much better than it is, but unfortunately, Staten Island Summer fails on every level. If you were to take Caddyshack, move it from a golf course in Florida to a public swimming pool in Staten Island, replace the hilarious characters with unfunny stereotypes, and force a "coming-of-age" narrative on top of the whole thing, you would begin to have an indication of what's happening here. With the talent on display here -- this movie is heavy with SNL cast members from today and the recent past -- it's surprising and disappointing how this movie fails to elicit a single laugh. The adults and kids are clichés, and all the talk of sex and drugs has been done so many times before (and so much better), it's hard to determine why this was even made.

Had they focused more on the coming-of-age aspects seemingly promised at the beginning of the movie, this could have been so much more than a shameless Caddyshack rip-off. There's even an exterminator (played by Fred Armisen) who goes after hornets in much the same way the exterminator in Caddyshack (played by Bill Murray) goes after a gopher.

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