3 (out of 4 stars)

If you're a fan of Saturday Night Live, even if you haven't been watching it since the loss of the Not Ready for Primetime Players, and you don't even know who the current cast members are—don't worry—I've got something just for you.

One of the latest alumni from SNL is Andy Samberg, along with his two childhood friends and SNL writers, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, have created one hysterical movie based upon the concept of the SNL comedy routines.   Instead of one, elongated version—they have taken hundreds of different themes and rolled them into a story, making a fresh, vibrantly funny movie filled with enough comedic skits and music videos to keep you entertained throughout the entire 90-minute film.  And, as with SNL-type of comedy routines, it is jammed-packed with cameos from other SNL cast members, popstars and celebrities.


The story is based around a group of three childhood friends who create their own boy band, known as the Lost Boys, and become a powerhouse on the music scene.  After one of them Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) goes on a solo career and hits the top of the charts, the band falls apart, leaving one member to become a farmer (Akiva Schaffer) and the other to be the DJ (Jorma Taccone) for Connor4Real, who plays music from his old iPod.  With his first album being a major hit and his second album crashing and burning, Connor4Real does whatever he can to keep his celebrity status while his star is fading.  Only by reuniting the original boyband does everything seem to work out to be a Hollywood ending, almost.


I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to anyone. It makes fun of everything!  It does to the music industry what the 1974 Blazing Saddles did to the Old West.  Nothing is off-limits.  The music videos are outrageous, the side stories are wild, and the production values are high.

There are a lot of stupid movies out there that I would give an “I” for immature audiences, that have no redeeming value, but this movie is on a much higher level.   While millennials may like this movie for its insanity, older generations will love it for poking fun at the younger generation.  After all, we all follow *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98°, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, don't we?  There is no way to escape it in today's social media.  But then again, this movie makes fun of it all.  No reason to rush out and see this in the movie theaters, as it will be just as funny on your TV.  But don’t miss out!  It’s definitely worth seeing.

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