Entourage


EntourageAri Gold (Jeremy Piven) is coming out of retirement. This time, instead of being an agent, he is going to be a studio head. For his first project, he wants Vince (Adrian Grenier) involved. Vince agrees, but only if he can direct. Ari is leery about giving Vince such a big responsibility on his first project, since Vince has no directing experience, but ultimately agrees.

Vince gets his boys, E (Kevin Connolly), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), together, and begins work on the movie. It doesn’t take long before the gang goes over budget. They have to go to Ari for more money.

Ari must then go to his investor, Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton), to try to convince him to give more money for the movie. Larsen has to travel for other obligations, so he sends his son, Travis (Haley Joel Osment), with Ari to Vince’s private screening to decide if they should pony up any more money.

Full disclosure: I think I have seen maybe 5 minutes total of Entourage when it was a series.

Entourage is essentially an hour and a half of four rich bros running around bro-ing out while making a movie. We never really see them doing any work on the movie. Instead, we see them hooking up with women, looking for women to hook up with, or trying to scheme their way into hooking up with women. Oh yeah, and Jeremy Piven is running around with perhaps the creepiest rich kid you’ve never met. In fact, Haley Joel Osment plays his character so well, it’s a bit disturbing.

The story doesn’t seem to be what the movie is about. In fact, the story just seems to be an excuse to make the movie. Sure, there are funny moments. And it is jam-packed with cameos. Pretty much anyone who is anyone is in this movie. Athletes, musicians, millionaires, celebrities, actors, Gary Busey. The list of stars in this movie is ridiculous. It works, though. And the self-deprecating jokes made by these cameos probably hit better than any delivered by the stars.

Entourage isn’t necessarily a terrible movie. It just isn’t that good. I’m sure there are several inside jokes and references that those of us who didn’t watch the show won’t get. At the end, it gets a little too self-referential, with its shout outs to the series, but that can be forgiven. But, if you are a fan of the series, then you will no doubt enjoy the movie. For the rest of us, wait for the RedBox.

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