‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ is an Exceptionally Fun Buddy Comedy

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is insane. It’s a movie that, on paper, sounds like a bad acid trip—but it’s actually the best kind of acid trip.

It may be Nic Cage’s most ambitious film yet, because it goes so far into his own fictionalized psyche and makes it into a larger-than-life piece of irreverent feel-good cinema. To quote two very funny gents: it’s a character-driven adult drama.

It may be Nic Cage’s most ambitious film yet, because it goes so far into his own fictionalized psyche and makes it into a larger-than-life piece of irreverent feel-good cinema. To quote two very funny gents: it’s a character-driven adult drama.

You don’t have to be a Javi-level super-fan of real-life Nic Cage to appreciate Massive Talent, but it would definitely be helpful to have a working knowledge of his filmography, especially when “Nicky” comes into play.

The film is rife with allusions to Cage’s impressive body of work, including Croods II with Emma Stone. But there are also a lot of Hollywood-centric references in general, including a hilarious mention of the Screen Actors Guild.

If you’re stressed about what to watch before seeing this comedy, skip a Cage Binge and dive headfirst into Paddington 2.

Even with CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz) telling Cage that Javi is the dangerous head of a drug cartel who may or may not have kidnapped a presidential candidate’s daughter, Nick and Javi form an unbreakable friendship that is absolutely put to the test throughout the film.

From late-night tears over the aforementioned Paddington, to boozy swims, to insane acid-fueled joyrides, to deep conversations about movie-making, they run the full gamut in the span of a few days.

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