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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

R | | Comedy, Music | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Samberg ... Conner
Jorma Taccone ... Owen
Akiva Schaffer ... Lawrence
Sarah Silverman ... Paula
Tim Meadows ... Harry
Maya Rudolph ... Deborah
Joan Cusack ... Tilly
Imogen Poots ... Ashley
Chris Redd ... Hunter
Edgar Blackmon ... Eddie
James Buckley ... Sponge
Evan Fine ... 10-Year Old Conner
Maxwell Jenkins ... 10-Year Old Owen
Elliott Smith ... 10-Year Old Lawrence
Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson / The Roots (as Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson)
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When his new album fails to sell records, pop and rap superstar conner4real (Andy Samberg) goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.

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Comedy | Music

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Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,698,715, 5 June 2016

Gross USA:

$9,639,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,680,029
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the home movie that Conner watches where he receives Maximus as a birthday present, young Conner says "Everything is awesome." The Lonely Island are amongst the credited writers and performers of Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie (2014). See more »

Quotes

Harry: Conner, don't worry about it. You were up there for, like, ten seconds.
Conner: Ten seconds is an eternity, Harry. It's a third of the way to Mars.
Harry: Conner, we've talked about this. Thirty Seconds to Mars is the name of a band. It's not a fact.
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References The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) See more »

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New Jack Tussle
Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Greg Kurstin
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A Little Formulaic, But Admittedly Funny.
8 June 2016 | by tjgoalie13See all my reviews

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping never looked all that appealing to me, but I must say it was surprisingly better than I expected. Seeing the trailers I thought the film was another in a wave of ultra dumb comedies, but up front, it's really not. Popstar is a little formulaic, but is admittedly funny, and finds a way to even be witty. Even more impressive, although not all that surprising is that some of the songs in this movie are actually pretty catchy, albeit mock-ups.

For those who love This is Spinal Tap and other films of that nature, this film is a little derivative. That being said, it's not as if this is just a rehash of other better films, that entire genre does require modernizations every few years. Because this film is spoofing not only the musicians of today, but everybody in the entertainment world. That being said this film does list as another Judd Apatow film and does have some formulaic moments that appear in all of his films.

The most notable "Appatowism" in this film is the overdone comedy trope of today, where the film lingers on jokes far longer than they should, under the illusion that lingering over a joke makes it funnier. It's kinda like when a goofy kid makes a great joke everybody laughs, and then the kid gets confident and keeps pushing the joke until everybody around is just wishing he'd shut up and go away. That being said, the film doesn't live off the annoying lingering joke, and succeeds at being genuinely funny, all the time. It's not the funniest movie this year, and it may not even be hilarious, but the film is consistently littered with raunchy funny jokes, that often deliver.

The film was marketed poorly, in my opinion, because it came across as an ultra dumb comedy, and in reality isn't half as dumb as it comes across as. The film occasionally wanders into the dumb comedy area, but often finds it's way back into the land of witty comedies, making it somewhat of a mixed bag. For instance, the songs are catchy, they are witty reflections of our pop stars, but they are also a little too on the nose, making them come across as a little dumb. That being said, underneath the thin exterior of a dumb comedy is a really witty reflection of our current music industry, and the pressures, idiocracy, immaturity, selfishness, and chaos commonly associated with it.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is filled with cameos from famous musicians and comedy actors, some of which even lend their singing talents to the musical pieces. At times it feels like the entire music industry is in this film, as they play along on a mockumentary making fun of them. However, the film is never really mean spirited, or all that damning it just grooves along, spoofing everybody from the musicians to the fans. For those who like the lonely island, you'll love this movie, and for those who are seeking a funny comedy, regardless of rating this is also a movie you'll love, but there should be a note, this movie really isn't for kids or the weak spined.


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