Short on both money and acting opportunities, Hollywood star Nicolas Cage (Nicolas Cage) reluctantly takes on a personal appearance at the birthday party of billionaire Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal), Javi being a massive fan of the eccentric actor and the $1 million fee being just the cash injection Cage needs. Things take a turn for the unusual when Cage is approached by two CIA agents, Vivian and Martin (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz, respectively), who tell him a) Javi is an international arms dealer, b) he’s behind the kidnapping of a politician’s daughter, and c) your country needs you, Sailor. Can self-absorbed, flighty Nic Cage step up to the plate?
Well, kind of — he’s certainly willing — but that’s not really the point. Directed and co-written (with Kevin Etten) by Tom Gormican, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is basically a hang-out movie. The plot doesn’t really matter (and in fact, the more I think about it, the whole CIA thing could have been jettisoned for the betterment of the film — sorry, Tiff and Ike) when the real joy is just watching Cage and Pascal bounce off one another in fun and weird ways.