Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

mv5bmjmxmzk2odi4n15bml5banbnxkftztgwnzgznzq5ode-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016): written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone; directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone; starring Andy Samberg (Conner), Jorma Taccone (Owen), Akiva Schaffer (Lawrence), Sarah Silverman (Paula), and Tim Meadows (Harry): The Lonely Island boys make a pop mockumentary (mock popumentary?) about a gormless pop-rap group and its even more gormless frontman (Andy Samberg).

As with Lonely Island’s song and video parodies, it’s too sweet to be blistering satire. In the Classics game, they’d probably call this Horatian. Nonetheless, while certain things wear out their welcome, there are a lot of laughs here, many of them riffing on real-world occurrences that include U2 releasing an album on all the iPhones in the world and a lot of real-world songs and videos by people that include Macklemore and One Direction.

It’s no This is Spinal Tap — what is? — but it’s a mostly fun 90 minutes with a lot of laugh-out loud moments in the songs and the scenes. There’s also something refreshingly weird in a scene involving Samberg reluctantly signing a fan’s penis. Recommended.

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