Entourage Film Review

Film Review by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
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.

The Review
The best small screen bro show finally gets its big screen adaptation, and just like HBO’s excess success Entourage the movie is a fun guilty pleasure.

Creator Doug Ellin writes and directs the movie version of his award-winning TV baby, which picked up a Golden Globe for Jeremy Piven and plenty of Emmy’s, in its eight-season run. Based on Mark Whalberg’s rise to fame in Hollywood (and the cohorts he brought along with him), we lived the high life vicariously through Vince and the gang. Entourage was a perfect half hour of escapism, or a whole weekend depending on how much male wish-fulfillment you watched.

While it’s been too long since the series finished in 2011, the film follows just after the final episode and we’re introduced to the boys and a bevy of babes on a boat in Ibiza.  Playing out like an extended episode on steroids, we’ve got more hot women (and a lot of nudity), more eye-catching vehicular toys, a pumping soundtrack (as usual), and an insane amount of brilliant cameos from athletes, actors and fan favourites. Just about everyone’s back, from Bob Saget to Gary Busey plus so many more. The only notable absentees are Malcolm McDowell and Scott Cann.

But even though the cameos are entertaining, we’re here for the bromance, and the warm fuzzies you get from seeing the gang back together is worth entry alone. While they re-tread old storylines a bit (Sloane and E, Drama ruining auditions), and you never feel there’s anything truly at stake here, it’s all such an easy watch you can forgive the gang for playing their greatest hits.

The film is being ripped apart by critics for being vapid and shallow, but they’re taking it way too seriously. Have they not watched the show? Just like the beloved binge-worthy series, the film has its fill of inspired Ari outbursts (especially over Lloyd’s impending nuptials), hilarious hijinks from Drama and Turtle (Drama’s ‘sex-tape’ and Turtle’s run in with Ronda Rousey are brilliant) and wonderfully sweet bromantic moments.

If you’re a newbie to hugging it out with the gang you won’t need to catch up either, as the makers have wisely done a little recap of the groups humble beginnings (via a behind this scenes look at the making of Vince’s new movie with Piers Morgan). And they are already talks of a sequel. Victory!

The Verdict
One of HBO’s best guilty pleasures returns with a big screen adaptation, and it is all bigger. More hot babes, hot cars, star cameos and pumping tunes. It might be just like an extended episode but that’s all we ever asked for. 

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 4th June 2015
Rating: R16 – Contains Sex scenes, nudity, drug use & offensive language
Duration: 104 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven
Director: Doug Ellin (Kissing a Fool)

The Extras
Kevin Connolly broke his leg while filming a football scene with Russell Wilson.

Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Dillon have both mentioned a sequel is likely, depending on how the first one is received.

Doug Ellen stated in an interview that he would love to make this a trilogy if things go well.

The film reunites Adrian Grenier and Haley Joel Osment, fourteen years after A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), in which Osment starred in and Grenier had a minor role in the car scene.

According to Doug Ellin, the original cut of the film that was submitted to the MPAA was given the NC-17 rating. Ellin was forced to edit some of the more graphic sexual content in the achieve the R rating.

This film reunites Adrian Grenier and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, both actors were featured in Goodbye World (2013).

The film takes place right after where the series left off with Ari and his wife in Florence.

Features cameos from former "Married...with Children" co-stars Ed O'Neil and David Faustino, but the pair does not share a scene together.

Martin Landau made a cameo appearance playing his character from the series, Bob Ryan. Landau was 86 at the time of the films release making him the oldest cast member in the film followed by George Takei at 78.