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With: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack
Written by: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
Directed by: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
MPAA Rating: R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use
Running Time: 87
Date: 06/03/2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Please Stop

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I caught up with this pop music mockumentary late, and as much as I longed to see the world of boy bands and inane pop music skewered, I found it to be largely unfunny and altogether a bit too predictable. To start, the main character Conner (Andy Samberg) is that deadly combination of arrogant and inept, which is very hard to pull off and usually ends up annoying me. He is a former member of the Style Boyz, a group made up of his old childhood pals. Having split up, he went solo with a phenomenal debut album. His new record, however, is a flop, and now he must try to figure out where he went wrong. (Hint: he may have to consider getting back together with his old band... surprise!) Normally funny actors like Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, and Bill Hader are not funny here. The movie is mostly cameos and very broad humor, with very little actual satire, and all of it forced into a typical feel-good message. I couldn't help wondering why folks like Nas, RZA, Snoop Dogg, and Ringo Starr agreed to appear in this, unless they didn't read the script.

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