Tom Gormican directs Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish in this meta-comedy where Nicolas Cage plays himself and gets involved in an action buddy movie scenario with him and his biggest fan.
In its strongest moments a very affectionate celebration of Cage. Interestingly, his two best pieces of acting (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation.) are seemingly off limits even though aspects of both fit the story aptly. They are a layer deep into the homage rather than explicitly referenced – one wonders whether Cage only agreed to the project if the performances he was proudest of were ringfenced away from the spoof stuff? Like The Lost City, the funniest jokes are in the first act / trailer… which is a shame. I sauntered into April looking forward to two starry comedy release and both run out of pep by the midway mark. Cage and Pascal have a nice energy together but there’s nothing here to command a repeat visit.
Perfect Double Bill: Being John Malkovich (1999)
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