Entourage follows Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Drama (Kevin Dillon) as they’re still partying and living it up in Hollywood. Ari (Jeremy Piven) has come back from his self-imposed retirement in Italy to run Warner Brothers studio and has given Vince, now single again after a quick marriage, 100 million dollars to do a passion project called Hyde. As release of the film nears, no one has seen it, including Ari, and like most films in Hollywood these days, it’s going over budget and needs more money making Ari very nervous as his reputation and job are at stake should the movie fail. He and Vince have to deal with a wealthy tycoon, Larsen McCredie (Billy Bob Thornton) and his creepy, vengeful son Travis (Haley Joel Osment), who has his own ideas for the movie.
E is dealing with a pregnant Sloan and dealing with lingering feelings for her while he is dating a younger, more carefree woman. Drama is hoping that he won’t be cut from Hyde as he has four “crucial” scenes, and Turtle has his sights set on UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
The movie feels like a big budget version of the series, but in the end it kind of comes off like a near two-hour episode. While I’m glad to spend a little more time with the characters, I’m sure that HBO could have squeezed another season or two out of the series to give it the proper sendoff it deserves. However, this movie is good and showcases the characters that we all know and love in their element while putting them into hilarious and dire situations with new and old characters. The characters haven’t changed and have largely remained the same. For example, Ari just can’t seem to shake his anger and even punches through a glass frame in his therapist’s office as he is stressed out over Travis’ insistence on editing the movie. Vince seems to have the utmost confidence in himself, the movie, and Drama’s acting as he is trying to put forth the best directorial debut that he can. Drama is still stressing out over his career and trying to make a comeback and seems to have found something to do just that, but we all know that there’s just one little thing that can ruin it. E, still the conscience and the heart and soul of the group, is still always trying to do the right and honest thing with Sloan and be in her life for the baby the two have made together. He does, however, slip up and have sex with a girl at a viewing party and possibly gets his former girlfriend Melanie pregnant also.
Turtle has made so much off his Avion Tequila company that he started that he’s now living in his own home that he paid for, which just happens to be next to Spielberg. He’s also a little in over his head in trying to woo Ronda Rousey. If any of the characters would have changed even in the slightest, it wouldn’t have been true to everything we’ve watched in the eight seasons before.
Also, many people complained that the show was filled with too many celebrity cameos, but often times they’re the best parts because we get to see them play exaggerated versions of themselves that could be true or untrue of how they are in real life. For instance, seeing Armie Hammer as a bitter, violent, and vengeful rival to Vince for the affections of Emily Ratajkowski is a hoot to watch because he can have any woman he wants yet he is fixated on just one, but it shows that unlike most actors, he actually values her and wants to have more than just a one night stand. Also, anyone who’s lived in Los Angeles like I have, seeing celebrities while driving, walking down the street, or shopping is a common occurrence and happens almost every day of the week.
The performances are great all around with everyone slipping back into character like old socks or gloves. The one stand out for me is Ronda Rousey, who shows that she’s just more than a fighter and shows that she has comedic timing by calling the rest of the gang “backup dancers.” She also shows that she can act and wasn’t the least bit intimidated by any of the veteran actors as she holds her own in her scenes.
Haley Joel Osment, who’s known for dramas, really shows some comedic chops here as a jealous, slimy, wannabe filmmaker also trying to date and bed Emily Ratajkowski . It’s great to see him back in the mainstream again.
Entourage is a very good movie and will please fans of the show. The cameos and high stakes that drive the movie make it enjoyable and anyone who’s ever worked in Hollywood can attest that the situations presented in the movie go on every day. I just hope that the other characters can get the great sendoff that Drama received in a possible sequel.