Sunday, January 6, 2019
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Format: cable on DVR
A lot of this movie worked for me for what it was. I suspect the less than amazing box office (a total domestic take of $9.6 million - no international numbers reported) for the movie may be attributed to the oddball place it found itself in, demographically. Had this movie arrived in the early 00's, I think it would have been a $60 million or more earner, but the approach hails from the 90's and 00's - where the structure is utterly predictable, it's far more about what the movie hangs on that skeleton via gags and jokes. The stars of the film and pop scene isn't really the focus of Gen-X'ers, and, to be kind, the view of Millennials re: pop music seems to be a hearty embrace, free from irony and with a big thumbs up to being marketed to.
But, yeah, if you're into Andy Samberg's brand of humor, this is that. For 90 minutes. And there are so, so many cameos, many of which are almost funnier just based on the timing of when and how the star appears (hats off to Mariah Carey, in particular). And, Tim Meadows, as always, the most underutilized, funniest guy in anything.
This is in no way essential viewing, but Jamie watched it once and said "yeah, it's better than you think", so we watched it. And, yeah, it did the trick for a second movie on a Saturday evening (especially after Thor 2).