Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan


The Lonely Island in their very own movie. The story is about a former boy band member who does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status when his second solo album is a failure. All this is filmed in a mockumentary style, creating some unique scenes. With great use of social media and cameo appearances of many celebrities and musicians, this silly movie is interesting and creative in different ways.  This is the second time Judd Apatow has produced a movie about a fictional singer after Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. This time it is about a boy band called Styleboys and Andy Samberg’s characters solo stuff called Conner 4 Real. All the songs in it are not just pop music, but comedy music too.

Conner is loosely based on Justin Bieber. Some similarities are Conner4Real has a turtle and for a time Justin Bieber had a monkey, both exotic pets. Also, there is an Anne Frank reference in the movie and Justin Bieber had controversy in the Anne Frank house by claiming he, “hoped she would have been a belieber.” The trailer featuring him playing the drums as an infant is very similar to a scene in Justin’s movie. They both have many tattoos. Also, the slogan of the movie is Never Stop Never Stopping and Justin Bieber’s movie slogan was never say never. But Andy Samberg actually denied this on Late Night with Seth Myers explaining that the movie is not directed towards Justin, but more the current music industry in general. He also pointed out that his character Conner4Real is more of a rapper than a singer anyway.

Overall, the music featured in the movie is very similar to The Lonely Island’s sounds. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes the lonely island, Andy Samberg and comedy music. But still, some scenes are just not funny. And some are random but not interesting. The majority of people have had mixed reviews of this movie. With a budget of $20 million dollars, it only managed to make just over $9 million dollars at the box office. I got through the whole thing and felt satisfied with the movie, but it was not as good as I was expecting. Please tell me your thoughts on this movie, as I had a hard time rating this one…



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