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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Movie Review


In The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, actor Nicholas Cage, the man, the myth, the meme, plays the role of a lifetime – himself. Sort of. Here he plays the meta-fictional Nic Cage, a once popular movie star whose career has stalled. Nic can’t find work, his (fictional) wife is divorcing him, his (fictional) teenage daughter hates him, and he’s up to his eyeballs in (non-fictional) debt. Desperate for cash, Nick accepts an offer of $1M for a single day of work. All he has to do is fly to Majorca and attend the birthday party of his biggest fan, billionaire Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal). Shortly after arriving in Majorca, Nick is approached by CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz). They tell him adorkable fanboy Javi is also the head of a ruthless cartel who is holding the daughter of a politician somewhere on his compound. The CIA pressures Nick into service and reluctantly he agrees to extend his stay so he can spy on Javi and locate the kidnapped girl. Nicholas Cage, the creator (and sole practitioner) of the nouveau shamanic school of acting must give his greatest performance in order to play a make believe version of himself who is forced to become a real life version of the fictional action heroes that the real Nicholas Cage only pretends to be in real life. Or something like that. This meta-fictional action comedy wants to be both a parody of generic Nicholas Cage thrillers while being a goofy yet loving homage to the actor himself. But did our reviewers Ben, Marcos, Spider Mike, and Marco find the movie bearable to watch? Listen to the review and find out!

**Check out the review with Chris and Wright from the premiere at SXSW as well right here**


DIRECTED BY: Tom Gormican

STARRING: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, Neil Patrick Harris, Lily Sheen, Paco León, David Gordon Green, Demi Moore, Anna MacDonald




Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor)

Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.



Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.



” width=Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)

The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.



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