A lot of the time, if a movie bombs at the box office, it’s because it was just a terrible movie, and rightfully deserved to be avoided like the plague. And then there are those movies that are awful and somehow continue to make millions of dollars like the Transformers franchise. And then again, there’s a third category of movie failure that is simply the wrong movie, released at the wrong time. Such is the case of The Lonely Island’s mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
Popstar was released in theaters last June, and quickly was pulled from the theaters because people just weren’t going to see it. On a $20, 000, 000 budget it only pulled back in $9,393,835 in the US. I saw it last weekend and this movie is way better than the box office returns will tell you.
It’s written and directed by Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer of comedy rap group The Lonely Island, whom have gone viral in recent years with their music videos on Saturday Night Live, such as ‘I’m On A Boat’ or the duet with Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake D!c# in a Box). They also did the movie Hot Rod together which was another underrated bit of cult comedy you should look up if you’re a a fan of their work.
The movie itself is a mockumentary about pop rap star Conner4Real (Andy Samberg-Brooklyn 99) who used to be in a rap group with his childhood friends (played by Jorma and Akiva) called The Style Boyz, who broke up and Conner took off to a whole new level of popularity. It’s Spinal Tap for the Justin Bieber generation, but way more funny that it deserves to be with that kind of description.
I loved the cameos this movie had in it from real stars like Justin Timberlake and Seal, and the movie had a great run time as well, nothing ever felt too padded, and almost all of the jokes in the movie had me cracking up. The movie’s juvenile humor is just what you’d expect from The Lonely Island and they keep the movie rolling along with both great jokes and hilarious songs. It’s essentially Lonely Island:The Movie, so take that into consideration before watching it, if you’re a fan, then you should go out and see this movie stat, if that’s not your cup of tea then you won’t like the movie. If you’re undecided then just give it a shot anyway, really. The world could use more laughter in it these days.