Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Review

I remember when Popstar released last summer back in theaters and I was really excited for it. I love the Lonely Island and think they’re the funniest comedy musicians since Weird Al Yankovic. Well, the film bombed so badly at the box office that I missed my opportunity because it disappeared from theaters pretty much within three weeks. So when Kyle gave me this as his swap last week, I was really excited to finally sit down and watch this supposedly underrated gem. I can know say that I can’t believe more people didn’t see this film because a few moments had me hysterically laughing until it hurt and that doesn’t happen too often with me.

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Popstar is a satire of the music business and those documentaries about popular musicians such as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is a former member of the band, Style Boys, and has since gone solo and already has a hit record. He’s since fallen out with Laurence (Akiva Schaffer), a former member of the band and Owen (Jorma Taccone), is acting as Conner’s DJ which involves him just pressing play on an iPod. The film follows Conner as he begins his new tour and releases a new album.

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This film is absolutely hilarious. There are so many different jokes that land in this movie it’s rapid fire. Every joke takes a completely ridiculous situation that would transpire in real life with musicians and reality based programing and plays it up and it works for the most part. Andy Samberg as Conner is hilarious. His take on this cocky character feels super reminiscent of Justin Bieber’s antics back a few years ago. The cast in this film is spectacular. Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph and so many hilarious comedic actors show up in various roles and cameos. Something that surprised me was for how satirical and hilarious the film was, there were genuine moments of heart in here. Especially towards the end, the film begins to become sweeter and you feel for Conner and the other characters.

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My main gripe with the film is that like with any comedy, jokes don’t always land and while I’d say 85% of them land, 15% of them don’t. They don’t really ever fall flat, they just have moments where the comedy isn’t as funny but that is usually followed with a joke that had me burst out laughing.

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Popstar is easily one of the funnier movies I’ve seen in a while. The fact that this film didn’t make hardly any money at the box office back when it was in its theatrical run. I’m glad I saw this film and definitely can see myself quoting it. Popstar is on HBO Go so go check it out!

Grade: B+

 

Kyle’s Next Swap:

There Will Be Blood (2007)

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This is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. It has one of the greatest opening scenes in all of film and Paul Thomas Anderson showed us again why he is one of the best modern filmmakers working right now. Enjoy this one Kyle!


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