Movie Review: “Entourage” by Blade Brown
Plot: 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.
Review: TV shows turned into movies usually have a 50/50 chance of being either good or terrible. For every Wayne’s World or South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, there is a Dukes Of Hazard or Land of The Lost. There have been rumblings of a Entourage movie ever since the show ended three and a half years ago. With the main cast and majority of the supporting players over the years all back, is the film worth the wait? As a huge fan of the show, I must say it was worth it.
The movie picks up almost immediately where the show left off. But things aren’t exactly how we left them. When the show ended(**Spoiler Alert**) Vince was headed to get married. Ari quit the agency and moved to Italy to reconcile with his wife and family. Turtle became a millionaire thanks to his investment in a tequila company, and Sloan & E decided to give things another shot. As the movie begins, the guys are headed to see a “grieving” Vince who’s nine day marriage is in the process of being annulled. How’s the movie star grieving? On a yacht, partying with about 100 women. Upon learning that Ari is heading back to the states,(Mrs. Ari hated Italy more than he did) Vince learns that Ari is now the studio head and has a project lined up for Vince. There’s only one problem: Vince suddenly(literally, at that moment) decides the next movie he does, he wants to direct. Cue the show’s theme song.
Fast forward to eight months later. The movie is almost done, but needs more money to finish. Problem is, its already fifteen million dollars over its one hundred million dollar budget! Needless to say, Ari is not happy. To secure money for the film, he travels to Texas where the film’s billionaire financier(Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis(a surprisingly good Haley Joel Osmemt of The Sixth Sense fame) refuse to release anymore money until they see what the money is being used for. Things go downhill from there, as Travis begins to overstep his boundaries and suggest making changes to the film. Specifically Vince and Johnny Chase.
As the movie’s main focus is the film dilemma, subplots include Turtle trying to date Ronda Rousey, E and Sloan’s rocky relationship and the impending birth of their child, Lloyd wanting Ari to give him away at his wedding, and Johnny Drama, well, being Johnny Drama. There are far too many cameos to name them all. But standouts include T.I., Kelsey Grammar, Bob Saget, Ed O’Neil, Liam Neeson and Rob Gronkowski.
A movie of this magnitude couldn’t possible fit all the show’s supporting characters in it. Scott Lavin(Scott Caan), Terrance McQuewick(Malcolm McDowell), Barbra “Babs” Miller(Beverly D’Angelo) and Amanda Daniels(Carla Gugino) are nowhere to be found. But at 104 minutes long, the movie is paced perfectly and doesn’t feel overstuffed. So their absence is probably for the best. But if a sequel happens, their inclusion is very likely. But the movie, as the show did, lives and dies with Ari Gold. Jeremy Piven slides back into his most popular role with relative ease. While he’s trying to become a new man, he can’t help but revert to his old ways. And its a glorious thing to watch.
While some may argue that the movie took too long to be made, there is no denying the fun that the end result is. The gang is back, and you don’t need to have seen one single episode to follow the narrative. Fans of the show will love to see Vince and the crew on the big screen. God willing, we’ll get a sequel in a year or two. Because the crew definitely deserves an encore.
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