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Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar - Never Stop Never Stopping
Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph and Joan Cusack

Rated: R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: June 3, 2016 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The story line for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is the same as many rock group biographies.  Three guys get together have success, one stands out and the team breaks up.  Eventually the headliner begins to loose success and the three get back together and become a hit again.  If that was all we get from Popstar  it would be a waist of time.  In this script the story line isn't as important as the material that holds the film together, the over the top music, and the silly dialogue used by star Andy Samberg that carry the film into another dimension make it work.  It may rival This is Spinal Tap as the best ever mockumentary of a rock band.

Samberg who plays Conner becomes so insulated he is unable to recognize what is happening in his career.  He is surrounded by 35 personal assistants and in his separated world he believes he's a massive star, great at everything, a fantastic guy and yet humble.  He sounds like a rock star version of Donald Trump.  The music which insults the Mona Lisa who he calls a piece of S___, and F___ Bin Laden are two of his greatest hits.  All of this music as presented with over the top visual staging, lights and overwhelming sound.  The idea the three creators (Sambrerg, Taccone and Schaffer) bring forward is just as far and silly the music can be yet it remains popular and adored by the fans.  

Eventually he is challenged by Harry (Tim Meadows) who steals the show and causes a split between the two who initially cooperated and produced shows together.  The more I think about the film, there is less and less to discuss.  There is nothing to the script, but the antics and the presentation that will have audiences laughing throughout.  I suspect with a large audience the comedy will be most impressive and the show will not allow a period of time when everyone is not laughing.  

The film is loaded with cameos:  Maria Carey, Jimmy Fallon, who performs with the group, Will Arnett, Chris Redd, Imoen Poots, Tim Meadows and John Lennon.  They all add to the excitement which the characters impart throughout the film.  They act as if this is a true documentary and each expresses that feeling throughout the film.  The energy they provide and the concept of the film just work and provide solid, if different entertainment. 

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