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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping updates the rock mockumentary for the 21st century mainstream -- and hits many of its low-hanging targets with side-splitting impact.

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Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all. The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances. Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio, POPSTAR is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.

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Cast

Maya Rudolph
as Deborah
Chris Redd
as Hunter
Evan Fine
as 10-Year-Old Conner
Maxwell Jenkins
as 10-Year-Old Owen
Elliott Smith
as 10-Year-Old Lawrence
Nas
as Himself
50 Cent
as Himself
Nicholas Azarian
as Quirky Kid
Ringo Starr
as Himself
Simon Cowell
as Himself
Akon
as Himself
Mariah Carey
as Herself
Adam Levine
as Himself
Ashley Moore
as Sarah (Personal Assistant)
Danny Strong
as Perspective Manipulator
Pink
as Herself
Big Boy
as Himself
DJ Khaled
as Himself
ASAP Rocky
as Himself
Kevin Nealon
as Gary Sikes (Label Photographer)
Mario López
as Himself
Patricia Schaffer
as Upset Homeowner
James Hegarty
as Angry Appliance Fan
Walker William Borba
as Angry Vlogger
Will Arnett
as Main CMZ Reporter
Chelsea Peretti
as Brunette CMZ Reporter
Mike Birbiglia
as Blonde CMZ Reporter
Eric André
as Dreadlocked CMZ Reporter
Joanna Newsom
as Steam Punk Doctor
Jonah Goldstein
as Steam Punk Doctor
Andre Hyland
as Lame Ass Dude
Mike Winfield
as Hunter's DJ/Hypeman
Danger Mouse
as Himself
RZA
as Himself
Chester Tam
as Club DJ
T.I.
as Himself
Seal
as Himself
Paul Scheer
as Wolf Handler
Adrien Finkel
as Angry Fan
Ben Newell
as Angry Fan
Joy Lanceta
as Angry Fan
Jimmy Fallon
as Himself
Win Butler
as Himself
Derek Mears
as Limo Driver
Martin Sheen
as Himself
Will Forte
as Bagpipe Player
Marielle Heller
as Documentary Crew Member
Snoop Dogg
as Himself
Ithamar Enriquez
as Stage Manager
Liz Cackowski
as Poppies Producer
Weird Al Yankovic
as Hammerleg Lead Singer
Damon Bryson
as The Roots
Kirk Douglas
as The Roots
James Poyser
as The Roots
James Poyser
as The Roots
Mark Kelley
as The Roots
Tariq Trotter
as The Roots
Frank Walker
as The Roots
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Critic Reviews for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

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Made with good cheer, it's consistently funny and never overstays its welcome.

June 11, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It quickly becomes evident that this expensive-looking feature is an overextended Saturday Night Live digital short that would have worked better on the small screen.

June 9, 2016 | Full Review…

It turns out rising from fame and falling from it make for equally good material.

June 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Popstar doesn't quite reach This Is Spinal Tap levels of satire (few things could), but as a send-up of the mores of today's celebrity-obsessed culture, it largely succeeds.

June 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Star Andy Samberg & Co. are at their best when they're deadpanning as addlepated celebrity man-children whose vision of the good life involves the getting of ways and the indulging of whims.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Too often ... it feels lazy and derivative and it's difficult to recommend something that, despite offering a few solid laughs, is instantly forgettable.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping takes the genre of a rockumentary to a different level. The film's outlandish gags and humor along with its sleek and constructed direction is a surprisingly effective and hilarious parody on the music and entertainment industry that only the Lonely Island & Judd Apatow could spice up. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Perhaps for someone who is more engrained in the pop culture of the day, this would be a success. It's not that I didn't understand the references, it's just that I didn't care.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

Of all the films to spoof reality throughout the years, Poster: Never Stop Never Stopping stands above the rest for one very specific reason; It feels fresh. Playing out as a Mocumentary to start and evolving into a straight up narrative film at times, the uniqueness of this film delivers in spades. Taking elements from films like Michael Jackson's This Is It, or Justin Beiber's Never Say Never, this film exploits the music industry for what it truly is, all while telling a surprisingly compelling story about its main protagonist, Connor (Andy Samberg). While Poster: Never Stop Never Stopping will not be remembered as one of my favourite films of the year, it is certainly one of the biggest surprises. Ever since their hilarious music videos became a huge success on Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, along with the rest of the Lonely Island crew, have continued to please fans to this day. Although they probably do not have the fan base to bring people out the theatre (as seen by their very disappointing 10 million dollar domestic gross), it is without question that they put in 110% of their effort into making a very funny film with just enough heart teetering on the edge of cheesy. The Lonely Island crew is what truly made this film what it is. Sure, all of these actors are funny and the film has some pretty awesome cameos, but just how funny is it? A great comedy is based on the set up and payoff, and I have to say that everything they set up throughout this film is paid off in the climax. Delving into the downward spiral of an artists low point, while still being hilariously true-to-life with the jokes and references, Poster: Never Stop Never Stopping is a much smarter and more caring film than one might think. I was laughing pretty hard throughout and the chemistry between these three actors is electric on-screen. I had an absolute blast watching their banter, and once the film delivered its endless amount of cameos, I had a giant smile on my face. Although I loved watching this film, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. At a mere 87 minutes, you'd think that a film such as this would fly by fairly quickly, but having the style that it does (mostly interviews, cameos, and flashbacks), it does suffer a bit from the let's-get-moving syndrome. I felt myself laughing, while still wishing the film would move at a quicker pace, but that may just be a personal flaw that I have. It is a very, very short picture, so if you are able to accept a bit of downtime throughout, you may just end up living every second of this film, if you already enjoy this type of comedy. In the end, this is a difficult comedy to recommend, due to the fact that its comedy is definite subjective. If you weren't ever a fan of Saturday Night Live when these actors were present, you may not find this film all that funny. On the other hand, there is enough of a compelling story to keep average moviegoers engaged in it, so it does benefit from that. For myself, I do enjoy these actors and everyone who cameos throughout, so I will always give this film a glowing recommendation. I laughed pretty hard throughout and was compelled by the transformation of its lead character. Poster: Never Stop Never Stopping will not win any awards, but it is a very, very good comedy nonetheless.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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