“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

“I’m so Humble,” “The Bin Laden Song,” and “Mona Lisa” are all now on my playlist, thanks to Andy Samberg’s Connor4Real. Guys, please see “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping!”

Connor4Real is a Justin Bieber-type popstar; he’s cocky, has an unusual pet, and he’s a perfectionist. After his first album becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time, he releases his second album, which flops and opens to extremely negative reviews (except for The Onion).

Connor is scrutinized by the media due to disastrous performances, bad publicity stunts, and a poor marketing move with house appliances. Connor then decides it’s time for a comeback and does whatever it takes to do so.

“Popstar” is from The Lonely Island (Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaeffer, the film’s co-directors), and these guys also brought us the criminally underrated “Hot Rod.” “Popstar” might top “Hot Rod” and is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in recent years.

Taccone and Schaeffer wrote and directed “Popstar” like a documentary, which emphasizes the satirical references to Bieber and other popstars. Samberg steals every scene, whether he’s acting like a self-absorbed idiot or performing highly offensive and ridiculous songs.

Judd Apatow produced “Popstar,” so we know instantly that some scenes might go longer than we want, but even those scenes have some brutally funny jokes, featuring jabs at pop artists, the press, and fans.

I’m a big karaoke junkie and once “I’m So Humble” is available at a karaoke bar, I’ll be singing it. Back in high school, I would over-quote and reference certain comedies, but I haven’t had that experience with a comedy since the first “Hangover” movie. “Popstar” is now one of those comedies. Donk-Da-Donk!

Grade: A-

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