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Entourage - DVD Review


Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

FOUR years after Entourage concluded its hugely enjoyable eight-year run on HBO, the characters make a winning return for this feature-length movie.

Picking up pretty much where the series left off, this continues to follow the highs and lows of vacuous A-list movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his entourage as they navigate Hollywood with the help of their tenacious former agent now turned studio boss Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven).

Hence, Vince is attempting to get over his recent divorce by making his directorial debut on a blockbuster that has gone way over budget, while put-upon Ari tries to placate his bosses while making a deal for more money with one of the film’s primary investors (Billy Bob Thornton) and his impressionable son (Haley Joel Osment).

Vinece’s brother Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) continues to struggle on the sidelines while hoping that Vince’s blockbuster will give him his overdue big break, while manager Eric (Kevin Connolly) attempts to juggle Vince’s interests with the pregnancy of his on/off girlfriend Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and the possibility of new romance.

And ex-driver-turned-tequila-magnate Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is also busy flirting with fighter-cum-movie-star Ronda Rousey.

Somewhat predictably, Entourage plays best to those who already know the series and the various character traits of its principal players, especially since this does feel like an extended episode for most of the time. But that doesn’t mean to say the relationship is mutually exclusive.

Doug Ellin, who created the series and wrote and directed the film, drops in plenty for newcomers to enjoy, whether in his continued satire of the way Hollywood operates or the many and varied celebrity cameos who drop in along the way.

The camaraderie that clearly exists between the central players remains as infectious as it did in the series, while in Ari Gold the film boasts a genuine ace in the pack. Just as he did in the series, Piven steals every scene he’s in and whether you’ve previously been acquainted or not, Gold is a character to savour: a whirlwind of volatility whose vitriolic put-downs remain priceless. He is the driving force behind the movie’s biggest successes and surely now deserves a spin-off movie of his own (especially since spin-offs are now so in vogue).

Hence, for every moment that drags or feels self-indulgent and/or smug, there are plenty more to leave you laughing out loud or marvelling at the audacity of what is happening. And while there’s very little in the way of substance, there’s more than enough style to paper over the cracks.

Indeed, this is a movie that exists to have fun and to incite that feeling within its audience. That it does so with such consummate ease is testament to how well Ellin has done in making the leap from small screen to big appear so seamless.

Entourage will put a smile on your face – and that’s sometimes all you need.

Read our interview with Adrian Grenier

Certificate: 15
Running time: 104mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 26, 2015