Plot: “Entourage” is the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.
Review: I will start this review off by saying this – i am a HUGE fan of the Entourage series. I have watched every single episode of every single season. So my opinion of this film may be different than yours, especially if you have never seen the series. Call me biased, whatever. I loved everything about the show – hollywood, drugs, girls, nice cars, making movies, celebrity cameos. Call it the Sex in the City for guys. The show followed 4 guys from Queens, New York who move to Hollywood to make it in the big time. The five main characters were Vince(the movie star), E(Vince’s best friend and manager), Drama(Vince’s older brother who also acts), Turtle(their friend who really had no direction), and Ari(Vince’s agent). It was such a great feeling to see these guys on screen again. It was even better that it was on the big screen.
The film picks up right where the series ended, literally. Vince got married at the end of the series finale and now in the film(i believe 4 months later) he is divorced. The guys meet him on a yacht to see how he is dealing with the divorce only to find out the yacht is filled with beautiful women and alcohol. It’s Entourage, what do you expect? And yes, the answer to the question i know you’re thinking of – there are topless women. Vince gets a phone call from Ari saying he has the perfect movie for him to star in, to which Vince agrees only on one condition – he also directs the movie. This is where the famous Entourage credits start. It is EXACTLY like the series, same song and with the names of the actors on the side of buildings and posters. I nearly wanted to stand up clapping. A couple of months later Vince and E ask Ari if they can get more money for the movie(as shown in the trailers) with Ari agreeing. Ari than flies to Texas to meet the man who finances the film, Larsen McCredle(Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis(Haley Joel Osment), to get more money for the guys. They let Ari know that they will agree if Ari brings Travis back to Los Angeles and show him a copy of the film. At the same time, the guys are trying to live their daily lives. This really is like as if they fit a whole season into one movie.
Just because Entourage is in my top 3 favorite TV shows of all time, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it’s flaws. At certain times, i felt like the movie dragged a little bit. Entourage was great because they could turn one specific story into one whole season over a bunch of episodes. Here they had to fit the story into one movie, so it is a little different but very understandable. You have Vince and E trying to finish the movie(and also their separate love lives), Turtle’s little romance with Ronda Rousey, Drama continuing to try to make it big, and Ari dealing with his wife and the studio. So that is a little much to fit in a single movie. Other than that, they added everything that worked in the series into the big screen adaptation. All the actors and actresses played their roles as if the show never finished. I’m still surprised that Adrian Grenier hasn’t done much work outside of the show since he does play “the leading man”.
One of the best things about this movie was also one of the best things about the show – seeing Jeremy Piven play Ari Gold. I mean, he did win a Golden Globe and an Emmy from playing the character. Watching him flip out again made everybody in the theater laugh out loud. Also, we get Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara(Drama and Turtle) being great at including the comic relief. Those two characters are always fan favorites because in the series, they were involved in mostly all the funny bits. Kevin Connolly also returns as Eric(“E” for short) and it’s hilarious to see him and longtime on-and-off again girlfriend on the series Sloan expecting a child, while E is out banging different women daily. I love how Drama and Turtle are STILL to this day amazed that he can even attract girls. Granier(who plays Vince) is still that care-free, looking for a good time, womanizer from the series. When all these guys share the screen at the same time, it’s truly a magical moment because they really do have great chemistry. That’s what working together for seven years would do to you. The “entourage” really does feel like a family.
Did i love the movie? You bet your ass i did. Did i think the movie was flawless? No, i didn’t. But this is a movie that is supposed to be entertaining in the “Hollywood lifestyle” essence. It isn’t supposed to be taken seriously like an oscar movie would be. It’s simply a fun time. As with the show, the cameos are FILLED from start to finish. I won’t give them away so that way you guys can be surprised. Even though this isn’t a cameo, but who the hell thought of Haley Joel Osment being in the movie? It was such a trip to see the kid who saw dead people in The Sixth Sense all grown up(and partying with hookers). I did attend an early screening for the movie, but i will be sure to watch it again opening weekend and pay my hard earned dollars because i support and love the series that much. If they gave Sex and the City a movie sequel, why not make a Entourage 2? I will be sure to have my fingers crossed for a sequel. VICTORY! I give Entourage a 8/10.