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Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Review says it’s among the best comedies of the decade, full of good natured fun and intentionally cheesy action.

Unbearable weight of massive talent reviewEven the title is funny in this offbeat send up of movie star Nicolas Cage, past, present and future. If you weren’t already a fan, you gotta love an actor who will play a fictionalized version of himself, in an almost entirely unflattering way.

When first we see the fictitious Cage, he is awkwardly lurching about Hollywood, depending on his former glory days to pull him through a dry patch. He embarrassingly blows a meet and greet with the director of a film that could be a game changer for him, and has insanely self absorbed interaction with his teenage daughter Addy (Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale’s lovely offspring Lily Sheen).

Even his smarmy agent Richard Fink (played with relish by Neil Patrick Harris), can’t get him back on track. So Fink suggests Cage take up an offer of $1 million to go to Majorca for a weekend and attend the party of one Javi Gutierrez, a super fan (the totally disarming Pedro Pascal). Cage balks at first, thinking it’s beneath him, but when he finds out he’s hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, he realizes he has no choice.

When Cage meets Javi, he’s surprised to find that they rapidly become besties, and is even willing to read the super fan written script. He’s  even more surprised (and very disappointed) to find that CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Berinholtz) believe Javi is an international terrorist, and coerce Cage into spying for them.

It really doesn’t matter whether or not you figure out the meta plot twists before the end credits roll—it’s just such a pleasure watching actors who look like they’re having the time of their lives on the big screen. That translates to big fun for the audiences as well.

You’ll find yourself reduced to hearty belly laughs that give your abs a great workout—The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is even good for your health! And the cherry on top? It’s well under two hours long.

Rated R

1 Hour 46 Minutes

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Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Review says it’s among the best comedies of the decade, full of good natured fun and intentionally cheesy action.

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and seen on Rotten Tomatoes. She recently founded the new lifestyle website, where celebrities and experts share their 5 favorite things in the fields of entertainment, lifestyle, wellness, home and food & drink.

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