Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Satirizes Today’s “Music” In The Best Ways It Can – Movie Review

The last thing I’m going to do is tell you to feel bad for the musicians this film rips on and you’d be a fool to think they want your pity. Andy Samberg and company do what they do best and that is rip on anyone they please through ridiculous songs and spoofs of people embedded in the pop culture world we live in. Through a mockumentary style narrative, Samberg portrays a pop singer/rapper hybrid who once gained fame from his boy band, but decides to go solo, and focus on his career. With cameos from every friend of The Lonely Island as well as some of today’s most recognizable artists, Popstar pulls all the punches.

The comedy band wrote and directed the film together and their chemistry bubbles over with endless dick jokes (one scene in particular is especially gross out funny) while the rest is nothing more than a big middle finger to the “music” of today. Their endless fun and sources of energy never diminish in this satire film as it plays off of the music documentaries that follow the likes of Katy Perry or Justin Bieber. The lifestyle choices, the evolution of the characters, and the not so hidden jabs at said stars among others is what drives this film to it’s goofiest points.

What takes me by surprise is not the crude dick joke I mentioned earlier, but rather the other blood pumping organ this film has, a heart. Is it going to make you cry? Heck no, but it does have a resolve that is surprisingly warm and genuine even with the obvious movie cliches they went for put in the mix. Their supporting cast is strong and fit right into the shock and awe humor that the Lonely Island are known for and they do it well. With every original song written to piss off as many people as they can, it brings on an even more discussion worthy topic on when is it too much with these top 40 tracks? The worst part about all of this is the fact that we are going to be singing some of those songs after we see the film.

It’s a short run-time at only 86 minutes in length, but that is plenty for a mockumentary film about a pop star who writes terrible music and discovers his rise and fall of fame revolves around so many different aspects of the machine that is the music industry. It’s sharp in topical jabs and jokes while providing a humorous look into what we already know. Whether it be the tabloids about celebrity relationships or even TMZ and their antics, no one is safe so expect some moments where you point at the screen with a big smile on your face because you do a Captain America and say, “I get that reference”.

SCORE: B

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