Thursday, June 2, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Andy Samberg stars in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Not So Dope

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all. The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances. Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio, POPSTAR is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.

Has any one TV series inspired more cinematic flops than Saturday Night Live? Remember It's PatThe Ladies Man? Marginally funny skits that worked for five, 10 minutes tops, before sputtering into boredom/redundancy. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping lasts a mere 86 minutes; but I was bored to death after the opening credits. Samberg's likable enough... and honest, "There's no such thing as selling out anymore," but two no-name directors, and a slew of has-beens (Tim Meadows?) and random celebrity cameos isn't enough to recommend a movie with only one laugh (CMZ/TMZ spoof.) Some folks should stick to television.

Grade: D