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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

‚ÄčLet me get this right. The weather is more fucked than a porn star. 1,000-year floods are happening every few months. Droughts across the world are turning up mobster-sunk bodies and hunger stones. Forest fires aren't just for summer any more. But to hear Big Business and the politicians it owns tell it, there's no such thing as climate change or global warming? History is not going to be kind to our asshole generation.

Add in the Covid overlay - yes, Covid is still a thing no matter how much you wish it wasn't, simmering civil war in the U.S., and a new Tommy Lee dick pic, and I think the one thing everyone can agree on is that we could all use a big ol' belly laugh right about now. Well, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is here to give it to us.

In this most meta of meta flicks, "Despite All His Rage He Is Still Just" Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage, and he leans way into all the Cage craziness we've been hearing about since he broke big in the 90s. The fact that this Oscar-winning actor seems pathologically incapable of turning down any role over the past couple of decades? Check. His habit of buying the most random and expensive things he can find? Check. His over-the-top acting style and possible mental derangement? Check and check.

After being told by his agent (played by Neil "Saint" Patrick Harris) that he lost out on the role of a lifetime, Cage accepts a million bucks to appear at Javi's (Pedro "PP" Pascal) birthday party in Majorca. Javi is a super rich guy and a total Cage fanboy, so much so that he's written a screenplay specifically for Nicky to star in. 'Cuz why not have a movie within a movie about an actor playing himself?

The next sentence is not a joke. Right after he arrives, Cage is recruited by the CIA to spy on Javi, who may or may not be the head of a huge criminal syndicate that's perpetrated a high profile kidnapping. After dropping acid in a drop top, Cage goes full Cage, the action heats up, and the comedy crescendos. All of which makes The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Cage's best movie in many a year.

August 26, 2022