Never stop. Bro.
From The Lonely Island guys comes their second feature film and if you missed it in the theaters earlier this summer, I can’t blame you–it was in and out of the cinema circuit faster than a fruit fly’s life cycle.
But I will say this: if you weren’t able to catch it and you would consider yourself a person that enjoys a hearty chuckle from time to time, then track down Popstar. It. Is. Funny.
Really funny. Though I suppose the caveat being you’d have to find Andy Samberg amusing. If the guy’s not your cup of tea then Popstar likely will do nothing for you.
Here’s the gist: the film is a “mockumentary,” following around pop megastar Conner 4 Real (Andy Samberg, Hot Rod) on his ballyhooed tour, supporting his highly anticipated new album. The adoring fans; the celebrity cameos; the rank debauchery. It’s all resent and accounted for, as well as the requisite mid-tour drama and the most jarring wiener joke ever captured on film.
That’s it really. On the backdrop of a hip hop boy-toy seeing his career crater, Popstar layers on joke after joke after joke, and to be honest, there weren’t a lot of misses in there. Mainstream feature comedies have recently done very little to elicit laughs from me, credit to Samberg and his Lonely Island cadre: they got the job done.
To repeat myself: if you’re not a fan of the Samberg of manic, surreal comedy or, generally, don’t enjoy high-decibel punch-line delivery, your experience will be different–and worse–than mine.
Also, if endless celebrity name drops don’t do much for you, you might want to pass as well. I laughed riotously throughout, but even I eventually succumbed to cameo malaise. While it was nifty to see famous people play along the first fifty times. There was dome diminishing returns at play towards the end and, eventually, a creeping sense that Samberg and company were simply looking for an excuse to hang out with Usher.
Still, on balance, Popstar is a big win. Not sure why it flopped so horrendously in the theaters (perhaps Samberg’s mass appeal is overrated?), but it didn’t deserve to; it’s the funniest wide-release comedy I’ve seen in a while and anyone who likes laughing hard and isn’t afraid of generous amounts of hard-R gags should check it out.
Good Blu-ray: a sharp 2.40:1, 1080p transfer blasts out the overwrought showbiz glitz to perfection and the 5.1 DTS-HD mix does justice to the (hilarious) musical numbers. Beaucoup extras, too: commentary, deleted scenes,, a gag reel, interviews, and a series of bonus featurettes.