Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

In his best moments, Andy Samberg wields his boyish charm deftly, sometimes bludgeoning us with goofiness, while at other times nicking us with a thousand little smart and biting cuts.

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In his best moments, Andy Samberg wields his boyish charm deftly, sometimes bludgeoning us with goofiness, while at other times nicking us with a thousand little smart and biting cuts. Generally, though, he wanders through broad scenarios wide-eyed, like a lost pet, eagerly needing to get our attention. It is this vibe that seems to dominate his performance as Conner4Real, an oblivious former boy band member gone solo. While this should lend directing duo Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping some spoofy cred, without a healthy dose of pointed snark from Samberg, the movie could collapse under the weight of its all-too-obvious premise. (Opens wide Friday) (R) Not screened in time for review

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