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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

2022 / 107m - USA
Comedy, Crime
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Not the most original premise, except that the celeb hired by a secret agency is Nicolas Cage, playing himself. That puts a fun twist on the film and keeps it from becoming yet another mediocre comedy. Gormican could've taken it a little further still, but it was perfectly serviceable entertainment.

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Cage is looking to relaunch his career, but somehow he can't seem to land a decent role. Unsure of how to rekindle his career, he takes a peculiar job that requires him to visit a wealthy Italian. The guy has a script written specifically for Cage, but Cage doesn't trust the guy. Suddenly the CIA intervenes, telling him his host is running a crime syndicate.

This role is perfect for Cage and the first half of the film is pretty interesting. Once things start to settle down and the setup becomes clear, the film loses a little of its shine, but Gormican keeps it light and fun. Not the most memorable Cage flick in recent years, but another solid addition to his increasingly eclectic oeuvre.

That Awkward Moment

2014 / 94m - USA
Comedy, Romance
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Basic romantic comedy that could've worked, if not for its horrible plot and characters. A dumb pact between friends to remain single ends up sabotaging their potential romances. If you can't guess how it ends from that, this film may still work for you. It didn't for me.