Friendship is forever in Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Done in the form of a music documentary, the story centers on a Bieber-esque singer (Andy Samberg) who broke out of a Beastie Boys-esque band and is sliding into a vortex of ego and success. Popstar treads familiar terrain—its story arc is a cliché and the resolution is a foregone conclusion. But the jokes are funny. Original songs like “I’m So Humble” and “Finest Girl (Bin Laden song)” and “Turn Up the Beef” are catchy and obscene, skewering the likes of Macklemore and Lady Gaga. Ultimately the movie is less interesting as an examination of celebrity and its trappings than as a sendup of the industry around it. One of Popstar’s most effective burns is of TMZ. There are also effective cracks at the entourage—because who doesn’t need a Jared Leto lookalike to say swish when you’ve airballed?
By Alec Julian & Carrie White