Movie Review: Entourage
I was a fan of the HBO series Entourage and when I heard of the movie coming out, I couldn’t wait to see how the story of Vincent Chase and the rest of the boys would continue. But when the movie was released, EVERY single review I read online was negative. Most were so bad that people said they walked out midway through the film. So I was definitely worried about whether they really missed the mark with the movie. But after watching it last night, I am pretty sure that most people who gave the movie a negative review must not have watched the series before because it felt just like an extended episode! Was it vulgar, fast-paced, and filled with nudity? Sure it was. But should have been expected after watching eight seasons of the HBO series.
The film picks up not too long after the end of the series with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) getting together with his entourage: half-brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon), friend and manager Eric (Kevin Connolly), and friend and driver Turtle (Jerry Ferrara). Vince wants to do something different with his career and he gets in touch with his former agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Ari is now a studio head and he has a movie for Vincent to star in. But Vincent also wants to direct and, against the wishes of others at the studio, Gold agrees.
Later on down the line, the movie is over-budget and not finished. And Vincent needs more money to finish and make it perfect. But the movie’s financer, Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton), refuses to give them more money because his son Travis (Haley Joel Osment) holds a grudge against Vincent. Then, when Larsen does finally agree, he does so only if Ari is fired. Ari then willingly steps down, allowing Vincent to finish his film. The movie is released and is a huge success and the boys sit back and reap the benefits of their success.
Outside of the five main returning stars from the series, Entourage also brings back other series characters including Sloan, Eric’s love interest, Melissa, Ari’s wife, Billy Walsh, the over-the-top film director, and Lloyd Lee, Ari’s homosexual former assistant. Also, joining the returning cast is a lengthy group of personalities who appear as themselves. Ronda Rousey is the one who is in the movie the most as she is a love interest of Turtle. But the movie also has many great, hilarious cameos from Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson, Jon Favreau, Gary Busey, Andrew Dice Clay, Armie Hammer, Bob Saget, David Spade, T.I., Russell Wilson, Mike Tyson, Baron Davis, and a quarter of the New England Patriots offense.
I enjoyed the movie a lot more than most people did apparently. I can understand how most people wouldn’t like it, but you had to have watched some of the series to know who these characters are and why they act the way they do. Maybe some people did but had very high expectations. I’m not sure what people were expecting, but I got exactly what I wanted. I got a plenty of laughs and a new story from the characters I loved. So, while I seem to be in the minority of liking this movie, I will say that if you plan on watching the movie at theaters or on DVD when it is released, give the television series a try first. The movie will make a lot more sense once you understand the characters and their history.