Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

"Excellent"

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review


An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from start to finish. Some of the jokes are corny, but everything about this movie has a point to make about fame and the music industry. The songs are jaw-droppingly wacky, as is the constant string of big-name cameos. And it's anchored on a riotously funny performance by Andy Samberg.

He plays Connor, formerly one-third of the boy band Style Boyz, alongside his childhood friends Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akica Schaffer). When Conner decided to go solo, Owen tagged along with him as his deejay, while Lawrence angrily left to become a farmer. But sales of Connor's new album are wobbling, and with 32 people on his personal payroll, he needs to bring in the cash. After a marketing scheme to upload his music to kitchen appliances backfires, he heads out on his Connquest world tour, supported by unhinged singer Hunter (Chris Redd). But Owen thinks that what Connor really needs is to make up with Lawrence, and bring the Boyz back together again.

Samberg is perfect as the too-cute musician who believes all the hype and doesn't have a clue what's really happening around him. Even in his ignorance, Connor is hugely likeable, because he never means to be cruel. This makes his interaction with the people around him thoroughly engaging, and often laugh-out-loud funny, from Sarah Silverman's PR guru to Tim Meadows' enthusiastic manager to Maya Rudolph's kitchen appliance queen. Joan Cusack has some marvellous moments as his dotty mum, while Imogen Poots gets the film's best sequence as the "official" girlfriend he proposes to complete with an ill-advised pack of wolves and live music by Seal. And then there's Justin Timberlake as Connor's singing chef.

The cameos get a bit overwhelming as the film goes on. Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton and Usher all have brilliant scenes as themselves, while many others pop up in amusing side roles. The songs are inspired in their pastiche absurdity (such as the way Connor interjects "not gay!" all the way through his single about marriage equality, which features a surging chorus by Pink, naturally). In other words, the jokes are piled into every moment of this movie, and most of them hit the target with precision, leading to a riotous climax at the star-studded Pop Awards. And the funniest thing is that nothing in here is actually that exaggerated.

Rich Cline

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 87 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions, Party Over, Lonely Island, The

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Akiva Schaffer,

Producer: , , Akiva Schaffer, , Rodney Rothman

Starring: as Conner4Real, as Owen, Akiva Schaffer as Lawrence, as Ashley, as Paula, as Blonde CMZ Reporter, as Actor, Sandra Rosko as Concert Fan, as Harry, Lili Sepe as Teen Girl 1, Madeleine Wade as Lisa, Jasmine Hester as Conner's Entourage, Brandon Van Vliet as Award Guest, Carly Anderson as Dancer, Cameron Brinkman as Roadie, as Deborah, as Herself, as Himself, as Himself, as Herself, as Main CMZ Reporter, as Zippy, as Tilly, as Himself, as Bagpipe Player, as Himself, as Herself, as Himself, as Himself, Chris Redd as Hunter, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Herself, as Perspective Manipulator, as Himself, D.J. Khaled as Himself, as Gary Sikes, as Himself, as Brunette CMZ Reporter, Eric André as Dreadlocked CMZ Reporter, as Himself, as Himself, T.I. as Himself, as Himself, as Wolf Handler, as Himself, "Weird Al" Yankovic as Hammerleg Lead Singer, as Himself, as Chef (uncredited)

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