Picking up right after the series finale, Entourage joins Vince (Adrian Grenier), who has just walked out on a marriage that lasted mere days. The boys have arrived to support their man in his hour of need and to let him know about Ari’s (Jeremy Piven) flash new studio job. Now that Ari’s the big boss and Vinnie has some time on his hands, what’s on the cards? Entourage is reviewed after the jump.
For Ari’s first project as studio head he wants his man Vinnie in the leading role. Vinnie is all for this, but he wants more; he will only get on board if he can also direct. Ari reluctantly agrees and with Eric (Kevin Connolly) producing, Johnny “Drama” (Kevin Dillon) in a small role and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) being a rich, slimmed down version of himself, the whole gang is back doing their thing. The usual parties, women and hijinks ensue. The film runs into trouble when it goes over budget and they have to approach their co-financers, Larsen McCredle (a phoning-it-in Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis (Hayley Joel Osment) for more cash. These Texans aren’t so easily charmed by the Hollywood smooth moves and Ari and the gang are in serious trouble, the project under threat of disastrously imploding.
You should not see this film if you are not a fan of the HBO TV series. You shouldn’t even consider it. This is not a good film. All it really has going for it is moments of nostalgia and comedy that it is likely only fans of the show will appreciate. Captain Exposition is played in the film by British television presenter, Piers Morgan. Under the guise of interviewing the gang about the production of their film (Hyde), he fills us in on the basics of their back story. Its minimal though, and there are plenty of moments throughout the film that reference events from the show.
Typically a storyline like this would be set over a whole season of the TV show. We’d get to see the wheeling and dealing between the various parties involved at the various stages of the projects. These details and nuances of the Hollywood system, which are a large part of why the show was so great, are mostly lost in the film. Instead it focuses on party scenes, cameos and even more naked women than usual. Ari gets a few moments of Gold (see what I did there?), with a scene involving him rushing to get back to his office one of the few highlights; but the rest of the gang mostly miss out. The side story involving Eric and his newly discovered playboy ways is exceeding dull; while Drama’s internet shaming has been done before on the show, but in a more interesting way.
Not all reunions are good, and while I did enjoy getting to see the gang again, it wasn’t worth it. I laughed pretty solidly for the first 30 minutes, but not at all thereafter. Instead I shook my head at the cheap laughs, the horrible music choices and Drama’s ridiculous ending. The show has always shown the nastiness of Hollywood – the sexism, the drugs, the indulgent and unbelievable Hollywood lifestyle; but it has balanced that with an examination of what makes the industry tick. That balance was not to be found here.
By Sam McCosh
Director: Doug Ellin
Writer(s): Doug Ellin (screenplay)
Starring: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon
Runtime: 104 minutes
Release date(s): Australia & New Zealand: June 4 2015; USA: June 3, 2015