Stars: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven
Producer: Mark Wahlberg
Director: Doug Ellin
‘The ride ain’t over’, says writer/director Doug Ellin, as Entourage (the movie), picks up from where the HBO TV series left off in 2011. Vince, E, Drama, Turtle, and (everyone’s favourite agent-to-the- stars) Ari Gold are a little older but still living it up in L.A.
Turtle has made pots of investing in (he says) a vodka company, Eric is having a baby with Sloan – although they aren’t together anymore, Vince has a new movie to star in but wants to be the director too, and Ari is now a high-level studio executive who has okayed Vince’s movie idea. Enter the money-man, played by Haley Joel Osment (from The Sixth Sense), who cuts off funding to the movie – preventing Vince from putting in the finishing touches. Both Ari and Vince’s futures are tied up in the success of the movie, so how are they possibly going to come out ahead?
Entourage, the TV series, first captured the public’s eye when it introduced us to four childhood friends who grew up poor but start to make it big when they move to Hollywood. As the series evolved, we got to know the characters better, peeked behind the curtain to see the cutthroat, alpha-male/female personalities needed to survive in that world, and ogled at the unending line-up of fast cars, smoking hot women, and never-ending partying.
The problem is that as exciting as the toys, hooking up, and tripping are, after a while it gets old. So, writer/director Doug Ellin seems to have used the movie as an elaborate way of bidding the boys an emotional ‘farewell’. All the key characters from the series (e.g. Lloyd, Shauna, Dana) are brought back and a whole host of celebrities (e.g. UFC legend Ronda Rousey, Jessica Alba, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Bob Saget (Full House), and series creator Mark Wahlberg, among others) have cameos and put their stamp of approval on the film.
Entourage is a fun, light-hearted, feel-good experience that allows you to chill, and vicariously enjoy the lifestyles of the rich and famous. If you’ve watched the TV series, don’t expect to see anything new here, but that shouldn’t stop you from reliving the Hollywood experience. It’s definitely worth checking out.