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Entourage season 7 episode 10 review

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Review by Tim carson

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE seventh series of the awesome Entourage came to a dramatic conclusion on Thursday night with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) finally going off the rails.

It’s been a fantastic series from a show that continues to entertain and amuse and we’ve watched as A-list actor Vinny Chase and his entourage enjoy the rollercoaster ride that is Hollywood. Series six may have been an up but series seven has definitely been a down as all the major characters have struggled.

Vinny’s love-life is causing him the most problems as he’s fallen for porn star Sasha Grey and is not too thrilled that she’s decided to make a comeback in the adult industry. He’s also been lead astray by Scott a rival agent (played with gleeful verve by Scott Caan) at the agency where his best friend and manager Eric (Kevin Connolly) works.

But he’s not alone in having problems: Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is struggling to make his tequila business work; Eric is battling to keep control of Vince’s career while planning his wedding to Sloane. Drama (Kevin Dillon) lost his TV show and almost his house and superagent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is having difficulties at his firm and at home. All of them come to a head in the final episode “Lose Yourself” setting the show up for its eighth and final series later this year.

The central relationships in the show are all at risk at the end of the episode – whether that’s Ari and his wife, or Vince and his entourage of best friends. They may be far from perfect but we’ve come to care for them and it’s what makes the show so compelling. We want them to succeed despite their flaws.

It also works because it never takes itself too seriously and takes great delight in poking fun at the whole Hollywood lifestyle while also maintaining its glamorous allure. The situations the characters find themselves maybe ridiculous but somehow they feel believable. It’s helped by the willingness of actors and sport stars to play themselves, or rather caricatures of themselves, in the show.

Seeing John Cleese helping out at Ari’s surprise party for his wife while trying to keep his 23-year-old fiancé happy can’t fail to bring a smile to your face. Nor can the sight of Eminem swinging a punch at Vince in the final climactic scenes. It’s all done so well that you get sucked into believing it.

Such cameos are great fun – and there have been some excellent ones this season (take a bow John Stamos and Aaron Sorkin) – but it’s the central characters that really make the show worth watching. It’s a tragedy to think there are only six episodes left.