The Lonely Island are known from their diverse and varied comedy antics. From someone not being apart of “the system” in “Threw it On the Ground” to the duo that give the gift that keeps on giving to their mothers in “Motherlover” the team of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone gave me the gift that kept on going of laughter. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is This is Spinal Tap for a new generation. This Mockumentary kept me in uproar, laughing until I cried at least twice and giving me an endless supply of memorable quotes, if the photo of Samberg and hologram Adam Levine doesn’t at least get you at least excited then maybe it’s not the movie for you. Otherwise it’s the funniest movie I’ve seen in at least 3 years, a comedy sequel that I will go see again hopefully within the next few days.
The formula is a tried and true one, but it works. A music documentary about a successful group that stemmed a sensational solo record, ‘Conner4Real’ (Samberg) plays the title role of a huge doof that is ludicrously wealthy and has a myriad of useless people on his payroll. He carries one member from his former band ‘The Style Boyz’ Owen (Taccone) is a good lackey of the diluted Conner and basks in the glory of Conner’s fame while the estranged Lawrence (Schaffer) is mentioned and interviewed as we find out what separated these three childhood friends and band members.
A good trait of any good comedy is that there’s a variety in the material. You can only hear a “dick joke” so many times before it becomes redundant. Within the first music video I was in tears of the best kind, the humor is so diverse, the songs are an absolute highlight adding an obscure depth to the fictional band that makes them so likable and fleshes out their appeal. There are plays on words, physical humor, sexual humor, pop culture icons are present and violate, a particular artist’s song is just trashed, it makes fun of the paparazzi, everything is fair game for The Lonely Island.
I have to admire the editing, while the movie boasts a large amount of cameos (usually in the interview style) the editing helps improve the comedy and adds even more celebrities with stock footage appropriately placed during just the right moments to improve the gags that much more. Each performance has a defining characteristic and even the smaller one-liner characters like a woman named Deborah and the Chef got some of the loudest laughs from me.
My cheekbones and my smile lines were aching from all the content that The Lonely Island were able to masterfully fit into the movie. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a highlight for 2016 and for comedy, especially if you’re a fan of R-rated humor. Yet the movie doesn’t really rely on that style of humor the entire time and that’s what makes a good comedy that I had so much to appreciate and that I laughed out loud more times than I could count. I was bewildered by the level of comedy executed in this movie and for those with the funny bone (the more R-rated kind as well) this movie deserves your attention.