Monday, June 13, 2016

Movie Monday: Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping

This mockumentary is the sort of film that might appeal to people who have followed the pop scene for the last 10 years or so, whether they like the music or not.  As is the case with many comedies, the movie's trailer contains the funniest moments.

"Popstar" features members of the parody group, The Lonely Island, whose ha-ha fake rap songs were featured on Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012 or so.  Who can forget titles like "I Just Had Sex, " "Threw It on the Ground" and "Dick in a Box?"

In this outing, Andy Samberg plays Conor4Real, a singer who left his band, the Style Boyz, for a solo career.   After a mega-hit first album, he is about to release a second one to what he calls "mixed" reviews.

Conor is a happy dolt surrounded by enablers, and there is a weak plot about unresolved issues among the Style Boyz that calls to mind Samberg's moving past his Lonely Island gig to become a bigger star than his fellows.

There are interviews with serious rap artists like Nas, Usher and Snoop Dogg, who pretend to discuss Conor and his influence on the genre.  Various other celebrities appear in roles and cameos.  Justin Timberlake plays Conor's personal chef, who is particularly talented at cutting carrots into various shapes.

There are new, appropriately stupid numbers from Conor's new album.  One, "Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)", was released last month to promote the movie.

         “Finest girl I ever met in my whole life, want to take her home make her my wife, knew
         she was a freak when she started talking, she said fuck me like we fucked bin Laden.”

So yes, it's R-rated and chock-full of silliness.

But no, it's not going to make anyone forget "This is Spinal Tap," which celebrated its 32nd birthday in early March.


Here is Christopher Guest playing Nigel Tufnel in possibly the most remembered scene from Spinal Tap.

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