Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Akiva Schaffer (2016)

82min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Spinal Tap and Zoolander come together in a comedy take on the pop industry. Andy Samberg plays a pop star who is living the life as his solo second album is about to launch - with a pet turtle, a person who holds his drugs and a ready put-down of childhood friends/former band members. This "fauxumentary", vaguely modelled on the 2011 Justin Bieber film Never Say Never, is hugely funny in its first half before it eventually cools into submission. For anyone who knows the pop world, the plot is ridiculous enough to be both funny and real, with Like Bin Laden among the laugh-out-loud parody songs. It's spoiled by a happy-clappy conclusion, but the appearance of Sarah Silverman and Joan Cusack as also-rans, plus knowing cameos from Pink, Ringo Starr and Simon Cowell, proves the quality of the project's conception.

Summary

When it becomes obvious that his solo album is a flop, a former boy band member does everything he can to maintain his celebrity status. Comedy, starring Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

Cast & Crew

Conner Andy Samberg
Owen Jorma Taccone
Lawrence Akiva Schaffer
Paula Sarah Silverman
Harry Tim Meadows
Deborah Maya Rudolph
Tilly Joan Cusack
Ashley Imogen Poots
Hunter Chris Redd
Eddie Edgar Blackmon
Sponge James Buckley
Director Akiva Schaffer
Director Jorma Taccone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Aug 2016
Comedy