So, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a fictional but dressed as nonfictional story about a boy named Conner (played by the what-was-the-academy-thinking Brooklyn Nine Nine Star Andy Samberg) who started out his popstar career in a trio called The Style Boyz, but differences of ideas led Lawrence to quit the team. Lawrence now runs a successful chicken farm while Owen, the other Style Boy, is now Conner's sidekick. And Conner is about to release a new single called Connquest. So what are his songs like? They are quite satiricial, having hints of being noble to its subjects on a few levels, such as his song that shows he is in favour being in favour of gay relationships but while reminding us that he is not gay after most of the verses, as if to encourage people to not be gay behind the rest of the song. Anyway, he is a risen star but his publicist Paula admits in an interview that his music isn't the sort she would listen to at home on the radio but that even so, his sound generates a lot of happiness. Anyway, he decides to take a look at some of the reviews of his for the first time, and afterwards he starts to question his superiority and with one, or twelve klutzy moves, might just turn him into the next celebrity to spit at his fans.
The movie started off pretty addled and fun and feels like a real popstar would do this at 2 AM every night, but I got a little worried because when movies tend to stick to being all fun and drunk, it forgets to be magnanimous and embracing. When the reviews came up however and I realized I was really enjoying these tunes, there was no problem. Conner's overly satirical songs somehow didn't annoy me and had provocative and toe-tapping lyrics; lyrics that reminded me of rap except they flowed with a clear voice so I didn't have to go back to try to catch the words. These lyrics also rhyme with some clever sometimes four-syllable words. It wasn't just that, either. Direcotr Akiva Schaffer made this seem like all fun and games. Actually, it is, but slowly during the fun, we see the deflation and it amazed me how subtle yet sincere and struggling this deflation goes in this movie. A good example is when Conner tries to get attention over Imoglen Poots' character and there is an event that both makes the magazines and will be familiar to anyone who eyes magazines during Checkout at Loblaws. No wonder there are times where models have to dress up like Bill Nye like Conner does. That nose was hilarious!!
Something I related to on a grand scale however, was when Conner is reminded of his childhood and everybody likes it except him. The reason I related to this was I feel I've gotten a lot better at being a YouTuber and blogger ever since I started two years ago, and my first video has gotten more dislikes than likes. A lot of people did like that video however, but there are some factors that make me wish I'd done the video differently. Just, to improve a bit. But that's natural for everybody. In fact, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber each get a cameo in this movie and I was grateful for these cameos because it shows the filmmakers cared enough about their craft to get these airheads to sign contracts, and because these are the perfect, um, models, for people who have gone off the deep end and wish they'd stuck with the low dive. I want to be an actor someday and my first audition was that first video. This movie made me believe for a little while that maybe I should go back to my roots. I did, after all, earn a fan that gave a shoutout to me. Life can be cruel and loving at the same time, a moral hidden in this film.
Speaking of morals, they are never in your fac-well, yes they are, but in a great way, and Andy Samberg has a great sense of being prideful and adamant, allowing the turnout of the story to feel accomplished and glowing. I also loved the hidden and hilarious Lindsay Lohan cameo featuring one of her movies, which is less one-note than I thought it would be.
The only time I wasn't really enjoying it as much as I'd hoped was this scene with Maya Rudolph's character, Deborah, when she uses the offensive n-word. When that scene came up, I groaned because it felt inevitable that a scene like that would be in a movie like this. But when a movie like this can be a giant musical and keep my interest and patience the way this one did, and make me party with songs I generally wouldn't like, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a movie that I have to give the prize to for brilliant.