Entourage is a continuation in film of a hit TV show with the same title that ran for eight seasons from 2004-2011, both of which are loosely based on Mark Wahlburg’s (one of the producers) experiences in moving from the east to Hollywood with three of his long-time friends to begin his acting career. Intended to be a comedy as well as drama, the film’s dialog runs at a fast-clipped pace with sometimes hard to catch comical and sarcastic one-liners laced with expletives hurtling past. The audience in the screening I attended clear loved it, chuckling throughout and responding audibly to the more dramatic scenes. As typical for the television show, guest cameos are sprinkled throughout (e.g., Armie Hammer, Piers Morgan, Emily Ratajkowski, Pharrell Williams, and Liam Neeson, to name a few).
In the story, talent agent Ari (Piven) has landed a directorial and starring role for Vincent Chase (Granier) in a blockbuster film, despite the doubts of many about his capabilities. They’re now over budget, and even though Vince swears the film is almost done and he is pleased with it, many have their doubts, and Ari must plead with the studio and with the financier (Thornton) and his son Travis (Osment) to support it to completion.
That is the “spine” of the story, but much of the film focuses on Vince and his friends’, Eric (Connolly), “Drama” (Dillon), and “Turtle” (Ferrara), personal lives, carousing and getting in trouble with women. One of the funniest scenes to me took place at an outdoor café when Eric is confronted by two women, both of whom he slept with the day before. He gets a good scare, then is bewildered while they walk off triumphantly. Turtle’s “love” life is also entertaining when he takes up with mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey (herself). Other funny scenes involve a former assistant of Ari’s (Rex Lee) dogging him in the pursuit of having Ari give him away at his upcoming wedding. It’s both funny and sad, because his own father won’t have anything to do with him after he came out, and this will be a gay marriage.
Doug Ellin, the writer/director for this production and writer and director of six episodes of the TV series, has done a fine job in converting the television version to film. The material flows into a film that can stand alone. It’s very fortunate that most of the main cast of TV also appear in the film. Piven, Grenier, Connolly, Dillon, and Ferrera give us a vivid picture of what the lifestyle of an up and coming actor is when he brings along his friends from home.
This film will be much more enjoyable and entertaining to those who have followed the Entourage TV series. Even though I am not one of those, I did get a kick out of it, and didn’t feel that I needed any back-story. Viewers should be aware that derogatory references to women and the f-word are used in almost every sentence.
Male bonding and their antics entertain.
Grade: B By Donna R. Copeland