I actually went to the theatre and saw Popstar on Friday night and it is now Wednesday evening and I am just now sitting down to talk about my thoughts about Conner 4 Real nnnnoowww… my life is a black abyss of studenthood, full-time employment and professional TV show binge-watching at the current time, so I haven’t had any time to sit down and think about this movie.
Which is OKAY in the long-run because there is not a lot of thinking required for this one, my friends. If you are not familiar with The Lonely Island then I can’t help you and you should probably leave this post now and then not return until you’ve educated yourself a little bit. But seriously, if you haven’t been living under a rock since 2001 (you’ve literally had 15 years to get to know this wonderful trio!!), you know who Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone & Akiva Schaffer are and what they have done.
So anyway, I went into Popstar with some pretty high expectations, as I generally have when it comes to Andy Samberg and I did not leave disappointed. This movie is a riot. It’s a mockumentary (think This is Spinal Tap) that is basically out-and-out making fun of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never “documentary” which followed JB for 10 days leading up to some big ol’ concert he had or something and had some home movies and shit in there. Whatever. Who cares. Popstar was a trillion times more enjoyable and a gazillion times better.
Andy plays Conner (4 Real), a former member of the Style Boyz gone solo, who is literally the cutest, most clueless popstar in the entire universe. It is not overextended at 87 minutes, and it doesn’t feel nearly long enough (which is probably a good thing, because if it gets too long then it only leaves room to get worse). Imagine watching a Saturday Night Live skit… but it was 87 minutes long and hilarious from start to finish. That’s what Popstar embodies and it’s glorious. It features many prominent stars from the current pop and comedy world, such as Sarah Silverman, Usher, ASAP Rocky, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Adam Levine, D.J. Khaled… and almost all of them star as themselves commenting on Conner’s fame. It just works so fabulously!
In sum, there was never a dull moment… there was never a time when I wasn’t at least smiling ear-to-ear. Andy Samberg is just the greatest thing to grace this planet and I’m not ashamed to say it.