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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?


Several of the songs, including "Bin Laden,"Mona Lisa," "Owen's Beat," and "Incredible Thoughts" feature Greg Kurstin as writer and/or producer. In 2017, Kurstin won the Grammy for Producer of the Year, as well as Song of the Year and Record of the Year for co-writing "Hello" with Adele. See more »


Deborah: We can upload your entire album to fridges, washer dryers, blenders, and microwaves across the country.
Owen: You could do that?
Deborah: Yes, nerd. It's just wifi jibber jabber; it's not a big deal.
Eddie: Nobody doin' appliance shit, my nigga.
Deborah: Isn't that right, my nigger? No one is doing appliance shit!
Harry: Okay... w-with the hard "r".
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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 The Parent Trap (1998) See more »


Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Rick Tyrone Witherspoon (as Rick Witherspoon, Jr.), Dallas Koehlke
Performed by The Lonely Island
Produced by Rick Tyrone Witherspoon (as Mad Max) and Dallas K
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Very entertaining
3 July 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

For a satire like this to work, it needs to have its heart in the right place. I was hesitant when watching the trailers, but fortunately the film doesn't lose track of the bigger humanization with these characters and it wears its heart on its sleeve. But perhaps that's also why it didn't go as far as it could have gone, and when all is said and done, perhaps plays things a little too safely. Still, it's vastly entertaining and the performances are aces. Andy Samberg excels at the comedy but also on making the lead a very likable protagonist, no mater his flaws. It's very easy to root for him. As a whole, definitely go seek this out and recommend it to your friends. Very underrated film that deserved to be bigger.

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