In “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” Nicolas Cage seems to be having a fantastic time making fun of his profession, but unlike many Hollywood films, viewers should also enjoy themselves immensely. The film, which also stars Pedro Pascal, is often on the verge of collapsing under the weight of its own absurdity, yet it still has enough appeal to justify this carefree Cage experiment.
Even though Cage is portraying (ideally) an exaggerated version of himself, the strategically placed clips from his films clear up any confusion about who this is supposed to be. Cage plays a character named Nick Cage.
Regarding other cinematic touchstones, Cage frequently declares or is reminded that he is a movie star rather than an actor, recalling Peter O’Toole’s swashbuckling hero in “My Favorite Year.” Even though the movie doesn’t reach similar heights, this puts it in good company.
The movie, which was directed and co-written by Tom Gormican (who has one other feature to his credit), calls for Cage to be a very good sport as it introduces him as a nearly-wasted-up star who is missing what he consistently refers to as the potential role of a lifetime. Due to his actorly self-absorption, his ex-wife Sharon Horgan and teenage daughter Lily Sheen frequently make eye contact with him while bringing up past slights.
Living in a hotel and in need of money, Cage reluctantly accepts to go to a rich superfan’s birthday celebration in Spain in exchange for a sizable payment, much to his dismay. However, as the known leader of a crime gang with two US federal agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz, both underemployed) on his tail, said fan, Javi (Pascal), carries a lot of baggage to the situation.