Hey, it’s a legitimate question. I swear!
Before you call the Department of Homeland Security to try and get me deported back to Korea, just hear me out.
I’m not talking about any of the truly major categories. I’m talking about Best Original Song or even Best Original Score if it qualifies. If you know anything about The Lonely Island, it should be the fact that they have an uncanny knack for consistently churning out original songs that are both extremely catchy and genuinely hilarious.
Hell, even their SNL Digital Shorts are all incredible and watching them now feels as comedic as it did years ago. Right now, I know of only two other films that have a shot at getting a music nomination at the Oscars in half a year: Zootopia and Sing Street (an exceptional film you should see immediately).
If “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” can get a nomination AND win, I don’t see why at least two of the songs from Popstar couldn’t get nominated at the very least. But then again, “See You Again” from Furious 7 didn’t get nominated last year, so who knows what the fuck is going on with the Academy.
So we get it – Popstar has a solid soundtrack. But what about the movie itself? Is it worth seeing, or should you just hop onto Spotify and forget the trip to the movie theater?
I can emphatically say this is a movie worth watching. As of right now – June 6, 2016 – this is the best comedy of the year. Literally. You could make the case that Deadpool is a better film overall, but that’s a different genre with different priorities.
The Lonely Island kick ass again with this movie and they also manage to create an insightful satire that takes a look at our country’s pop culture as well as the people involved in the collective industry. It should come as no surprise that the jokes come constantly, and more often than not, they connect – it’s an easy industry to make fun of, after all.
And that’s what we should expect anyway, given the trio’s credentials and everything they’ve accomplished up to this point. Nobody knows what will happen in the future, but it’s undeniable that the vast majority of their work has been immensely successful. That is certainly true for Popstar as well.
If you care for these things, you’ll be happy to know there’s an abundance of celebrity cameos. Everyone from Nas (yes, the rapper) to Martin Sheen (yes, the former POTUS) show up and they all bring something to the table. Some, like Emma Stone, portray fictional individuals but they all nail it.
Look, I’m a huge fan of The Lonely Island. I love Andy Samberg and his work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I love Jorma Taccone because he’s usually portraying an awkward dude, which I can relate to. As for Akiva Schaffer, I’ve always felt like he wasn’t as big of a presence compared to the other guys, but he is actually really funny in this movie.
I will say this: that lightheartedness is the movie’s greatest strength and perhaps the movie’s greatest weakness as well. The Lonely Island have never been known for striving to be very deep with their comedy and that is really apparent in this movie. I get it’s a comedy, but they really went out of their way to go for a lot of easy laughs.
Still, at the end of the day, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I was on a boat with Jack Sparrow when I saw Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. It was so good I jizzed in my pants even though I just had sex like a boss. Thankfully, I had my dick in a box so I threw it on the ground while I turned up the boombox and started to do the creep while following the golden rule. YOLO!
P.S. I never see the same movie multiple times in theaters, but I may do it for this one. It’s that good.