What is Popstar about?
Popstar follows a boy band, The Style Boyz, which features Connor Friel, Lawrence Dunn, and Owen Bouchard. They have a meteoric rise in the industry, but behind-the-scenes drama causes them to break up. Connor becomes a solo act, though he struggles to continue creating original music. In the end, the group manages to come back together in a unique way.
It stars the Lonely Island
Saturday Night Live fans may recall the Lonely Island, the comedy trio that became famous for performing comedic musical numbers on the show. Andy Samberg is the most well-known of the group, which also features Akia Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. In addition to their hilarious music videos, they’ve collaborated on two films: Popstar and the 2007 comedy Hot Rod.
The film came out in 2016
The Universal Pictures film was released on June 3, 2016. Judd Apatow was a producer, as were Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone. All three wrote and starred in the film as the boy band members in question. Taccone and Schaffer directed the movie.
Despite an all-star cast, a prominent studio behind it, and solid critical reviews, Popstar was considered a commercial failure. It only managed to gross $9 million on a $20 million budget.
So why is everyone talking about the movie now?
This is the big question, and there isn’t really any solid answer. But on April 8, 2019, critic Josh Lewis tweeted a deleted scene from the movie, in which Samberg’s Connor4Real (his solo stage name) performs a very NSFW song. The tweet amassed many likes and retweets, which led to “Popstar” trending on Twitter in the U.S.
Here’s what people are saying about Popstar
The general consensus is that Popstar is an extremely underrated film. Not only is the soundtrack full of amazing original songs, but the mockumentary style is on par with that of classics like This Is Spinal Tap.
not sure why POPSTAR is trending but it’s just another chance for me to say POPSTAR is one of the best comedies of the decade. every single line is funny. and just like every movie the lonely island’s produced, it was dramatically under-appreciated at the box office
The movie’s passionate fan base is coming out in droves and, needless to say, they’re ready to fight for it. And, frankly, it’s making Twitter a better place.
I laughed through every single minute of POPSTAR and i might spend the rest of my life trying to avenge this movie https://t.co/yjPnZZIafk
I VASTLY prefer “POPSTAR was an amazing movie and you guys missed out” Twitter to any other Twitter ever.
If you don’t own the film on DVD or Blu-Ray, it looks like you might be missing out on some of its incredible content, as this is one movie that comes with bonus features galore.
glad we’re talking about Popstar, a movie i recently bought multiple copies of because i needed to make sure it was readily available for viewing in all my friends’ apartments pic.twitter.com/SrAe1pcXV7
If you’re not convinced (and at this point, how can you not be?), many fans are sharing their favorite clips fromPopstar. (All very much not safe for work, just so you’re aware.)
I don’t know why today became POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING appreciation day but I’m here for it. This should be the national anthem https://t.co/BEkpRGt6E5
Ok, fine, here is a ranking of every track on the Popstar soundtrack:
28. What Was That Beat? 27. Trip to Spain 26. Owen’s Song 25. Kill this Music 24. Hot New Single 23. Ashley Wednesday 22. Donkey Roll 21. Me Likely Dat 20. Maximus 19. Sick Glenda 18. Things In My Jeep
The songs in Popstar are all Oscar-worthy but you owe it to yourself to watch for the bee scene – which had my entire theater in tears
The themes of the film are so relevant that some even took the opportunity to score these scenes with the 2019 Best Original Song Oscar Winner “Shallow.”
Since @moonrisefilm and @Da7e have tweeted Popstar stuff today, it reminded me I made this and never put it out. @thelonelyisland should have won it all… pic.twitter.com/y0jXZtqVSO
And though the music is definitely its stand-out feature, there’s plenty of other comedy gold in this extremely undervalued flick.
since popstar is currently trending, let’s take a second to appreciate the scene that invented comedy pic.twitter.com/Fc07XtJdrD
— best of the lonely island (@bestoftliboys) April 9, 2019
Since everyone is talking about Popstar, I’d like to add that I’m never *not* thinking about the scene where Bill Hader is into recreationally dying and Joanna Newsom is a goth EMT pic.twitter.com/jOrop7sheu