|Cast||Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dilon, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Rex Lee, and Emmanuelle Chriqui|
|Rating||16 SNL (And a lot of it)|
|Running Time||1 Hour 45 Min.|
Fans of the HBO show have been waiting for this moment for years and finally Entourage hit the big screens. So did this movie, which story is loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s real-life, live up to the mega hype or did it bust?
The movie starts off like any Hollywood movie about a Hollywood movie should – with a segment by British TV personality Piers Morgan which catches everyone up on who Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) and his entourage are. The Entourage movie picks up right where the 8-season HBO series left off. The central storyline in the movie revolves around Vinny‘s directorial debut in a movie entitled Hyde. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is once again highly stressed out about money, E (Kevin Connolly) is being uncharacteristically adventurous, Johnny Drama (Kevin Dilon) has finally accepted that he will never be able to step out of Vinny‘s shadow (kind of) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is skinny and rolling in cash money. So, things have changed but the basic idea of family and friendship remains.
The movie, just like the HBO series, portrays a side of Hollywood that is filled with debauchery and over-indulgence – you even get to see two pairs of boobs within 10 minutes of the movie. There are many sex scenes and many heavy swearing, with my favourite curse being “cunt dwarf” which Ari uses to describe a particular person in the movie. So, the general format of the HBO series was followed throughout the Entourage movie, which fans will love. However, I must point out that it did feel like 1 hour 45 min. wasn’t nearly enough time to tell a complete story and I felt like certain storylines were rushed. But this is always the case when a series is adapted into a movie and I think they executed it as well as they could, getting to spend a little time to explain where everyone is in their lives right now.
You do get a sense of nostalgia as well as closure watching this movie and you will be delighted to recognise favourite characters from the series like Lloyd, Mrs. Ari, Sloan, Shauna, Billy Walsh and Dana Gordon. The movie is filled with famous faces making cameo appearances, including Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, Jessica Alba, T.I., Bob Saget, Gary Busey, and many more. New characters are also portrayed by Billy Bob Thorton and Haley Joel Osment.
Adrien Grenier along with the original cast members deliver strong performances and it doesn’t even look it’s been years since they’ve portrayed these roles. Kevin Dilon remains one of my favourites in his portrayal as Johnny Drama. He has perfect comedic timing and his facial reactions kill me every time. Jeremy Piven was born to play Ari Gold and he delivered as solid a performance as ever. Kudos to Haley Joel Osment who perfectly portrayed a spoiled red neck heir to millions who is basically the world’s biggest brat. I also particularly enjoyed Ronda Rousey’s performance in the movie; although she only portrayed herself, her scenes were really entertaining.
If you’re an Entourage fan you will love this movie. The movie has everything fans of the series love – famous people, fast cars, funny moments and debauchery. If you’re new to the franchise, you will probably feel a little lost at first, but you’ll soon get into it and love the whole Hollywood feel around the movie and the fact that they are actually just taking the piss out of the whole celebrity lifestyle.