Running time: 104 min
Directed by: Doug Ellin
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly & Jerry Ferrara
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.
Picking up exactly where the series ended, Ari (Piven) is in Italy living the quiet life when he is hit with a brainwave; he needs a project for his biggest star Vince (Grenier). Vince, however, no loner wants to be just an Actor, he wants to direct; and with Ari now having his own studio and over a $100 million being invested in his movie, Hyde, Vince is going to need his friends Turtle ( Ferrara), Eric (Kevin Connolly) and brother Johnny’s (Kevin Dillon) help if he is going to create his epic!
Entourage is a comedy that has a wafer thin plot wrapped around a few great – and cringe-worthy – one-liners. The main cast clearly enjoyed working on this film and the chemistry from the small screen has spilled over to this cinematic outing.
Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon give the standout performances and are given virtually every gag in the movie. The Cameos are like a Hollywood phone book with numerous actors, musicians and celebs popping up here and there, some with lines, some without. These include Liam Neeson, Kelsey Grammer, Mike Tyson, Piers Morgan and Pharrell to name but a VERY few. These do add to the glitz of the movie, but sometimes the audience ends up concentrating on who is in the background as opposed to the main cast.
The direction has been simplified (except during the very brief sequence of Hyde) so that all the audience sees is sun, very well tanned beauties in skimpy sun wear, flashy cars and guest cameos. It’s all about style and flash in this movie, which sadly means that the plot is pretty left on the cutting room floor.
However, like most things in Hollywood, it’s not what’s on screen, but how it got there that makes this film work and there are a number of laugh out loud moments. True, that there is a lot of insulting humour too, but that is just part of the characters’ make-up.
Entourage is one of those films that the cast has brought the same chemistry from the small screen to the big screen. Sadly though, like most big screen adaptions, the screen time is perhaps a little bit too long and the drama part may tend to slow the pacing of the film.
That said, if you loved the original television show, then its more of the same!
3 out of 5 Nerds