It’s only June, but we may have just found the comedy of the year.
“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” which centres around a failing popstar (Andy Samberg), is absolutely hilarious.
For those of you who are familiar with The Lonely Island, the musical trio consisting of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, it should come as no surprise that their new movie is comedy gold.
Here’s a recap:
What’s it about?
Plot is almost secondary here, but still important.
The Style Boyz, the biggest pop band in the world, breaks up. Lead singer Conner4Real (Samberg), who’s a cross between Justin Bieber and Macklemore, tries to make it as a solo act. He meets various degrees of failure, including an incredibly rare negative star review from Pitchfork.
It’s a mockumentary, but also so much more than that.
“Popstar” is like “This Is Spinal Tap” for the Snapchat era. It doesn’t stick to the musical mockumentary format at all times, though.
If you know The Lonely Island, you know they like to embrace the absurd. Among the film’s best gags are a few cutaways to a TMZ-esque newsroom, in which the shallow members of the office, including comedic greats Will Arnett, Chelsea Peretti, Eric Andre, and Mike Birbiglia, gossip and snicker at Conner4Real’s downfall. As this happens, Arnett’s soda cup continues to grow bigger and bigger in every shot. It’s a bit so stupid, and so random, that it’s impossible not to laugh.
The cast is full of comedy greats, as well as perfectly executed cameos.
Something that can derail a perfectly good movie is an overstuffing of celebrity cameos. While “Popstar” is filled to the brim with cameos — from Ringo Starr to the RZA (and many others I don’t want to spoil) — they are each given their own chance to be funny, and each cameo feels natural and perfectly executed. None of them feel shoe-horned in.
The movie is basically a collection of Lonely Island music videos.
“Popstar” contains multiple candidates for song of the summer. There’s the lisp-filled “Ibiza,” the bitingly satirical “Equal Rights,” and the unfortunately catchy “Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song).” At times, “Popstar” might feel like a bunch of hilarious music videos strung together. Thus, you might think that there’s no reason to see it in theatres, as they will all be on YouTube eventually.
However, they are connected with the backbone of a terrific comedy that milks every opportunity for a joke. Seriously, there are multiple jokes a minute. It’s the kind of thing that rewards multiple viewings.
From “Lazy Sunday” to “I’m on a Boat” and “Hot Rod,” The Lonely Island has been perfecting a certain style of comedy for years, and “Popstar” feels like it’s the pinnacle of everything they have been working towards.
Come for the promise of comedy song hits, stay for the random wolf attacks.
“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” is now in theatres.
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