In a time when the radio airwaves are littered with mostly terrible music sung by self-obsessed primadonnas we know far too much about, here comes a movie ready to take all that nonsense down with the precision of a satiric drone strike.
"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" is a mockumentary send-up of recent concert docs by the likes of Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers and others. And it certainly owes a lot to "This is Spinal Tap," the 1984 classic that hilariously targeted the rock industry. I can't think of a better team to do the same thing with current pop music than "The Lonely Island" because the comedy trio fronted by Andy Samberg has been doing it for years with parody songs featured on "Saturday Night Live."
In "Popstar," Samberg is Connor 4 Real, a former boy band trio frontman who's found solo success, and surrounded himself with an entourage of yes-men. Like so many celebs, Connor is wildly self-deluded, and it's reflected in one of several new hilarious songs ("I'm So Humble") written for this movie. And in a brilliant gag about selling out, Connor partners with an appliance company to make sure his new music plays when people use their products. Naturally, that ticks off the whole country, and when Connor's new album flops, he has a hard time dealing with it.
The other Lonely Island members - Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone - are Connor's jilted former band members. Taccone thinks Connor's creative salvation lies in getting the band back together.
Admittedly, this movie isn't doing anything we haven't seen before, and the pop music industry provides the lowest hanging fruit for punchlines. But that doesn't make this movie any less funny. The jokes are rapid fire and if some fall flat, most are right on target. I laughed loud and often, and I only hope a tepid box office reception doesn't dull the Lonely Island's edge.