Nicolas Cage stars as… Nick Cage in the action-comedy THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous super-fan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nick Cage.
Here’s a clip from the film:
Praise for THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT:
“The filmmakers pull from every corner of Cage’s filmography to craft something transcendent. – Marya E. Gates, RogerEbert.com
“There’s something for everyone in THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT. It’s one of the funniest movies of the year.” – Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail
“Tom Gormican’s nostalgic adventure trip THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT is a true love letter to every facet of Cage’s past and a tantalizing roadmap to his future.” – Robert Daniels, The Playlist
Regular engagements start April 22 but you can see Cage’s acclaimed comedy first this Saturday night. This is just a sampling of the strong critical response that greeted the film at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month in Austin. As of this writing, MASSIVE TALENT has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is yet another highlight in the career of sui generis Oscar-winning actor Nick Cage. Even as he was making millions (and, apparently, spending even more) while starring in a series of action movies, he has always made sure to deliver terrific performances in some highly original films. His performance in MASSIVE TALENT reconnects us with the exciting actor from such diverse modern classics as WILD AT HEART, RAISING ARIZONA, MOONSTRUCK, ADAPTATION, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD and PIG.
One of the first terrific Hollywood films of the year, MASSIVE TALENT is a non-superhero, non-blockbuster film and so something of an experiment to see if there is still an audience for this kind of movie. If we want these types of idiosyncratic films to be released theatrically in the years ahead, we need to demonstrate that there is an audience for these films, and we need to do it now! Real movies are meant to be seen in a theatre. But comedies truly benefit from the shared experience. And right now, it feels like we could all use a good laugh to distract us for at least a couple of hours from the news.