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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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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.

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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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?


Believed to be loosely based on Justin Bieber. Conner4Real has a turtle and for a time Justin Bieber had a monkey, both exotic pets. Both run after someone recording them in an aggressive manner. Also there is an Anne Frank reference in the movie and Justin Bieber had controversy in the Anne Frank house by claiming he, "hoped she would have been a belieber." The trailer featuring him playing drums as an infant is very similar to a scene in Justin's movie. They both have many tattoos. Also the slogan of the movie is never stop never stopping and Justin Bieber's movie slogan was never say never. But Andy Samberg actually denied this on Late Night with Seth Myers explaining that the movie is not directed towards Justin, but more the current music industry in general. He also pointed out that his character Conner4Real is more of a rapper than a singer anyways. See more »


Conner: There's no such thing as selling out anymore, man. This is how big business works. I mean, nowadays, if you don't sell out, people will wonder if nobody asked you to.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Universal logo: The music slows (like a record running down), then restarts with a bit more pop/hip-hop feel. See more »


References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »


Sex With a Ghost
Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Dylan Silbermann
Performed by Asa Taccone
Produced by Sam Fishman
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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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