Movie Review: “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

popstar: never stop never stopping

This film is way better than I thought it was going to be. I love The Lonely Island, but the trailers didn’t exactly blow me away. Then I was sitting around yesterday afternoon and my brother asked if I wanted to go check it out. I wasn’t doing anything, so I went.

I am beyond glad that I did.

popstar: never stop never stopping

The film centers around Connor4Real (Andy Samberg). He was a member of The Style Boyz with his two buddies Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akiva Schaeffer), until he decided to go solo. It was an ugly breakup for Connor and Lawrence, with Lawrence holding a grudge over the fact that Connor never gave him credit for writing an award winning verse. Owen stayed on with Connor, becoming his DJ.

The whole thing is presented as a mockumentary. We watch as Connor’s solo career implodes. His fall from grace allows him to reflect on the way he’s handled himself, and winds up pushing him to make some changes. The Style Boyz reunite soon after.

The natural chemistry between The Lonely Island is incredible. Obviously, they’re actually best friends, but still. They suck you in, and make you care about these characters. When they finally reunited, I was genuinely happy.

Lawrence becomes a farmer after the Style Boyz breakup. So, when Connor reforms, him and Owen head there to make amends. The scenes that follow are all really great. They quickly fall back into a rhythm, the way best friends do. They even work on the song below. I can’t say enough about these bits.

Oh, there’s also a death. Not any of the main characters. It’s one that I didn’t expect to care so much about it, but I really did.

It was a genuine moment. That’s the biggest surprise of this one for me. There are so many well-acted, genuine moments – in a satire. This is how it’s done. Anyone involved in creating those piece of shit films like “Epic Movie” and “Date Movie” need to give this a watch.

I was going to end there, but one the subject of satire: they completely obliterate TMZ. In a recurring bit, the film cuts to segments from “CMZ.” Everyone of them is dead on. All you have to do is watch one segment from the actual TMZ show, and you’ll agree.

Anyway, I’m not going to bother rating this. I think you get it: I loved it. Enjoyed every second. There were laughs from beginning to end. The acting, writing, and directing were all great. Lonely Island nailed it. The soundtrack is also hilarious and catchy.

What more could you ask for?

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Glen Wilson – © Universal Pictures.

Walter Winchester