Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - Musical mockumentary from comedy trio the Lonely Island. Vacuous pop singer Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is riding on a wave of success following his hit first solo album after leaving his boy band the Style Boyz. One of the Style Boyz, Owen (Jorma Taccone), has stayed with Conner as his DJ, while the last member, Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer), has quit music and works on a farm. Conner is preparing for his next album to drop under the watchful eyes of his manager (Tim Meadows), his publicist (Sarah Silverman), and his movie star girlfriend (Imogen Poots). But Conner's ego, as well as rising rap star Hunter (Chris Redd), may put a stop to his popstar status. Also featuring Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Joan Cusack, Kevin Nealon, Will Arnett, Justin Timberlake, as well as a number of music stars as themselves, including Mariah Carey, Pink, Nas, Carrie Underwood, 50 Cent, Usher, and many more.
Filmed like a typical celebrity-centered reality show, with testimonials and at-home footage mixed with concert scenes, this mimics the style to a T. The Lonely Island, the comedy trio of Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer who wrote, directed and star in the film, rose to fame with their Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live, and if you're familiar with those, then you can guess the tenor of the humor here. It's ridiculousness and dense characters getting into absurd situations. I'm normally a fan of these guys, but for me, the jokes just weren't as strong, and I was left underwhelmed. 6/10