An assortment of oddball misfits in the small town of Penskeegee all strive to compete in the annual "POP-U-larity" singing contest. That is the premise of the wacky and mildly funny mockumentary, "POP-U-larity!" The cast of characters include a dykish and insecure cowgirl whose best friend is her horse, an extremely eccentric artist who performs with appliances and, at the forefront, a vain and self-absorbed singer, who thinks she is a lot better than she really is. The competition is definitely not top-notch talent but there is a $1,000 cash prize, a year’s supply of fried chicken and the title of Penskeegee’s most "POP-U-lar" person at stake. Who could ask for anything more? Right?
Director, Michelle Ehlen puts a touch of "camp" to the journey towards the prize as the town’s reigning winner from the past four years has a very out and proud assistant who eventually discovers his own voice. Their relationship leads to some of the most comical situations in the film. In the process, there is back-stabbing, therapy sessions, family bonding and just plain ridiculousness that leads right up to the actually singing contest. Fashionista and style host, Marcellas Reynolds also adds his flair to the proceedings as the celebrity judge of the annual competition.
"POP-U-larity!" may not be in the class of "Best in Show" as a mockumentary classic, yet the idiosyncrasies of all the contestants are ultimately entertaining to watch and discover just who will win the title of most "POP-U-lar."