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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

R | | Comedy, Music | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
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Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson / The Roots (as Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson)
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When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.

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Comedy | Music

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Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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3 June 2016 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,698,715, 5 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,393,835, 19 June 2016
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Trivia

The sudden on-stage breakup of The Style Boyz is similar to a real-life incident with Glenn Frey and Don Felder of The Eagles in 1980, which led to the band splitting days later. See more »

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Paula: We'd like to get to the point where Connor is everywhere, like oxygen or gravity or clinical depression.
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The opening Universal logo: The music slows (like a record running down), then restarts with a bit more pop/hip-hop feel. See more »

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References Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) See more »

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Hey Jimmy
Written by Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (as Ahmir Thompson), Tariq Trotter (as Tarik Trotter), James Poyser (as James Jason Poyser), Frank Walker, Damon Bryson, Owen Biddle (as Owen L. Biddle), Richard Nichols, Kirk Douglas, James 'Kamal' Gray (as James Gray)
Performed by The Roots
Courtesy of Universal Television, LLC
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Made My Face Hurt
10 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

The excessive world of modern pop is so soulless and pretentious, it's ripe picking for drama. The mental breakings of stars like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and others show an inherent flaw in how human beings are turned into oblivious money-making commodities, and then unceremoniously spit-out when their glimmer dies. Popstar, the brain child of the YouTube-turned-SNL stars The Lonely Island, touches on these things enough, but mostly it's just fantastic jokes. A timely and lightning-fast musical mockumentary, I could barely catch my breath from laughing. The story works as a parallel to the careers of the three Lonely Island guys themselves. Conner4Real (Samberg) is an international popstar who has grown beyond the popularity of his two Style Boyz partners (Taccone, Schaffer). While it uses that parallel effectively, it never becomes overbearing. Instead what shines are the original songs, a staple of these guys past endeavors, including their groundbreaking "SNL Digital Shorts" segments. Each one is an instant classic (i.e. "I'm So Humble", "Things in My Jeep"), played ridiculously as if they have influenced real musicians, many of whom make hilarious cameos. For those of you old enough to remember the comedy classic "Spinal Tap", this format may seem somewhat familiar. However, a distractingly blatant rip-off this is not. It uses its 30-year separation as a way to point out the modern massive difference between actual artistic influence and silly cultural nostalgia that permeates the musical landscape. And while it doesn't quite reach Spinal-Tap-heights of greatness, if you're looking for a perfect friends-night-out, this is a comedy you will be happy to visit and revisit over and again.


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