Entourage (2015)

Entourage (2015)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Doug Ellin
  • Cast: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Haley Joel Osment


Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.


  • I have never viewed the TV show Entourage. But after taking in the movie that it’s based on (with the same title), I now want to purchase seasons 1-8 at the local Best Buy. This 104 minute vehicle with its boatload of cameos (most of them are pretty zany), is a lot of fun. What’s on screen is cool and confident, frenzied and foul. It’s one of the few times where the bait and switch of the trailer actually delivers. With popcorn and soda in hand, I laughed out loud in bunches seeing Hollywood expose itself, wink in spite of itself, and sort of make fun of its own celebritorium. The setting being the whole Southern Californian landscape, thumbed its nose in the fact that people like me (who live in cold, blustery Illinois), can’t enjoy 365 days of gleaming sunshine and bikini-clad woman who grow on trees. And after seeing Entourage with its bromance interludes, crude humor, and insider, L.A. brandishing, I wanted to pack up my stuff and drive 2000 miles to join the party. Oh did I mention there’s a scene where Haley Joel Osment is in a hotel room with 2 hookers and plenty of hard liquor. Cole Sear, we hardly knew ya!

    Directed by the same guy who helmed the famed HBO successor (Doug Ellin), shot with the notion that no one walks around L.A. (almost no one), and featuring a scene where UFC fighter Rhonda Rousey breaks a character’s arm to show some tough love affection, Entourage chronicles movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier). He has his quote unquote “entourage” following him around while he directs his first feature film titled Hyde. His boys consists of Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and his brother, Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon). Eric is producing said film, Turtle is just along for the ride (naturally, he’s their driver), and “Drama” is playing a pivotal role pertinent to Hyde’s success. Then, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) comes into the picture. He’s the studio head for Chase’s baby and he’s Chase’s former agent. Based on problems with the budget, Gold has reservations about getting things primed for a future big box office hit. He’s strapped for extra money that Vince needs to complete the final cut (visually). His mission: Fly to Texas and ask for this extra moola from two wealthy financiers (played respectably by Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment). As expected, most of the ins and outs of Tinseltown are on display here. Everybody just wants to have fun and the vibe of Entourage constantly becomes more intoxicating. An ex-girlfriend of mine who used to live in La La land, told me that all anybody does out there is talk about movies and secure movie deals. Boy she wasn’t kidding.

    In retrospect, if you’re an Entourage TV show junkie, I’m not sure whether you’ll like the film or not because I can’t speak for you (I’ve never caught one iota of it on the perennial boob tube). However, if you’re not a fan of said show or have never even seen one episode, well you’ll still have a heck of a good time following these four likable (and sometimes unlikable) city dwellers.

    Now if it’s cameos (they were mentioned earlier) that you want, Entourage has got em’ in bulk. The ones in the Anchorman movies seem more like parodies and are mere child’s play in comparison. You’ve got Liam Neeson flipping the bird at Ari (from his car nearing a stoplight), you’ve got T.I. at a hospital complaining about all the children he’s about to father (ha ha), you’ve got a balding Andrew Dice Clay getting his swerve on at a screening party, and you can’t complete the guest appearance ring without George Takei (aka Lt. Commander Sulu) playing a priest that oversees a wedding ceremony. This is just the tip of the iceberg because there’s many more bit parts to go around (during this flick, it seemed that celebrities just popped up everywhere. I get starstruck so I’m wondering if this is really what goes down in the uppity corners via the city of angels).

    Anyway, the TV show Sex and the City tried to pull off the whole HBO network hit-transitioning-to-movie thing and it just came off as boring and overlong. Nothing against those four talented women. I would just rather follow these A to B-listers anywhere and at anytime (that’s all). Bottom line: Go see Entourage. It’s a refreshing summer expedition, it’s harmless, and it’s sort of a more commercial, more extravagant version of Swingers (which is referenced in yet another cameo). The result: 3 stars.

    Of note: About ten years ago when I first moved to Chicago, an old buddy of mine hung out with Jeremy Piven at a Cubs game (Piven is an Evanston, Illinois native). He was really drunk, didn’t know said buddy from Adam, and acted almost the same as he does in all of his movies (fast- talking with an enormous gift of gab). How do I know all this? Well my friend (whose name I won’t mention) caught the whole thing on his Smartphone (before the whole YouTube craze began). As I viewed Jeremy’s funny and restless antics, I figured that he was always in character and brought his work home with him. This was a pretty surreal moment if I do say so myself.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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  • Quickie Review:

    Agent turned studio-head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is producing his first movie and he’d like Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) to star in it. Vince agrees on the condition that he gets to direct the movie. Together with his band of friends Vince must face both professional and personal hurdles. Entourage brings back the cast of the original show. While there are some funny additions to the cast the overall movie suffers from a meandering plot. The aimless story is only worsened by numerous shallow characters. For non-fans of the show, this is a pointless movie to watch. As for the fans, you might leave disappointed.

    Full Review:

    I have never seen a single episode of Entourage. Still, I must admit the trailer sold me on the movie and I was highly anticipating it. Unfortunately, I was left more confused as to what the point of the movie was. So you’ve been warned that this review comes from someone who has no idea what the show is like.

    Though I didn’t like the movie, I did enjoy some of the characters. Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold was hilarious. He has a no B.S. attitude most of the time and speaks his mind directly. Conversely it is also funny to see when he needs to shut his mouth to get what he needs. Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment play father and son who are two key financiers for Ari’s movie. They too have great comedic chemistry, and steal most of the scenes they are in. Haley Joel Osment has surprisingly good comedic timing. I haven’t seen him in much but in this movie he plays the creepy rich guy who gets what he wants in an amusing way.

    The biggest problem for me as a new-comer to this property is that the movie felt like it was two or three episodes from a random season of the show. There are all these references and backstory that I feel like I need to know. Of course I understand that this movie is catered more for the fans of the show, but if a movie wants a wider audience then it should retain a wider appeal. On top of that the premise of the movie makes it seem like there is some kind of conflict, but it is all resolved with a series of cameos from stars. Same goes for the individual story arcs. So there is no need to worry whether the main characters will succeed or not because some freak incident will occur and it will all work out in the end. So I didn’t care for the characters one bit because the entire movie is as shallow and one note as the characters themselves.

    If you are not fan of the show or never seen it, this is not a movie for you. At the same time if you are fan of the show I have a feeling you won’t love this movie either. I say this because I went to watch this movie with a friend who watched the show and he also admits it felt like 2 or 3 bad episodes from the show. So overall I’d say skip it for the cinema, but if you’d really like to watch it, give it a shot on TV.

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  • Even though it went down in flames during the final two seasons, Entourage was for the most part a funny and extremely entertaining series that ranks as one of HBO’s earliest successes. The show’s satirical and humorous portrayal of Hollywood is primarily what made it so watchable but the smart writing, compelling characters and underlying theme of brotherhood made it even better.

    It’s been four years since the show went off air and the ending is something that left me among other fans of the show, extremely disappointed. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Entourage follows the story of movie star Vince Chase (Adrien Grenier) ,his cronies – Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) – and his trusty agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) as they navigate their way through Hollywood. Now the movie is sort of a sequel to the show and while you don’t necessarily have to see the show to see the film, not watching the show might diminish you chances of enjoying it. The movie supposedly takes place four years after the show’s final season, Ari, who is now a studio head offers Vince a leading role in his first production but the actor insists on also directing the film. Things get out of hand when the $100 million flick goes over budget, leaving Ari, Vince and the boys at the mercy of the cutthroat world of Hollywood.

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