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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

R | | Comedy, Music | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Samberg ... Conner
Jorma Taccone ... Owen
Akiva Schaffer ... Lawrence
Sarah Silverman ... Paula
Tim Meadows ... Harry
Maya Rudolph ... Deborah
Joan Cusack ... Tilly
Imogen Poots ... Ashley
Chris Redd ... Hunter
Edgar Blackmon Edgar Blackmon ... Eddie
James Buckley ... Sponge
Evan Fine ... 10-Year Old Conner
Maxwell Jenkins ... 10-Year Old Owen
Elliott Smith ... 10-Year Old Lawrence
Ahmir-Khalib Thompson ... Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson / The Roots (as Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson)


When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | China



Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conner4Real See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,698,715, 5 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,393,835, 19 June 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Conner is wearing his disguise, they say he looks like Jason Segel. Jason has been a part of many Apatow productions. They also made a joke about Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Judd Apatow also produced that. See more »


Nas: I didn't really relate to that song because, you know, I had different things in my Jeep than he had in his Jeep.
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Crazy Credits

A final segment of "CMZ" plays over part of the end credits. See more »


Remade as As Zvaigzde (2018) See more »


Owen's Beat
Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Greg Kurstin
Performed by The Lonely Island
Produced by Greg Kurstin
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A surprise hit in a unique genre
8 June 2016 | by ramcamcoleSee all my reviews

While we've seen plenty of mockumentaries before it's not every year we see a new one. It's a genre that goes mostly unexplored, especially in mainstream cinema. From the trio of The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) we get Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Popstar follows Samberg's Conner4real, a Justin Bieber-like performer with A-list celebrity status, from his time with the boy band The Style Boyz to his solo career. On the verge of his negatively received new album and a world tour Conner must cope with the potential decline of his career and his celebrity status. The film works as a hilarious satire on the music industry while also being a parody of the concert tour documentaries we've come to see from various artists such as Katy Perry, One Direction, and The Jonas Brothers. Comedy veterans Sarah Silverman and Tim Meadows make supporting appearances and Chris Redd has fun with a potential breakout role as Hunter the Hungry, a fellow musician who's on the way up while Conner is on the way down. Not every joke in the movie hit, but the ones that did had me nearly falling out of my chair in laughter. The Lonely Island are known for their super catchy and occasionally raunchy songs and Popstar delivers in that department. So much so you'll likely have the songs stuck in your head in the following days. Popstar is an overall fun time at the theater. Also, be sure to be on the lookout for the plethora of celebrity cameos Popstar sprinkles within it's 87 minute run time.

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