Review: Entourage

Synopsis: Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.
Director: Doug Ellin
Starring: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven
Release Date: 4th June 2015


Spoilers ahead.
Entourage the Movie picks up only days from where Entourage the Series left off; Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) is on his honeymoon, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is on holidays with the family, getting ready to leave to run the still unnamed film studio. It’s an unfortunate decision to pick-up exactly where the last season ended, in my opinion. The last of the series was one of the weakest and a time-jump to present-day Hollywood would feel like a new and somewhat refreshing world to explore.

Watching the movie, you can’t help but question its actual purpose; why is this being released in cinemas? It feels like a regular episode, except for it’s running time. It’s nothing new or special. It didn’t need a cinematic release. It would have likely done better had it aired as a special on HBO.

Ari Gold, who continues to be the only interesting character in the entire series, has an ending to his storyline that doesn’t feel deserved or warranted. Ari is forced to resign from his position as studio head at the end of the film. It warrants the question; what was the point of making him head in the first place? He could have had a really interesting storyline about the perils of Hollywood studios (can you imagine Ari dealing with a Sony Pictures-esque hacking scandal?), but instead he is forced to do what he normally does; chase around Vincent and his entourage. Snore.
Regarding the other characters; E (Kevin Connolly) continues to be the most douchiest douchebag in the history of the world. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is suddenly a millionaire and spends the movie trying to fuck Ronda Rousey. And as for Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon)? Well, he’s as inappropriate and cringe-worthy as ever.

The movie is poorly thought-out, poorly written, with terrible direction and makes little effort to show the new Hollywood that is now distancing itself from the ‘Bro’-ing culture and thought that all women exist to stand in skimpy clothing or to fuck other men. Further to the latter, there is not one lead woman in the movie. Sure, E’s girlfriend Sloan and Ronda Rousey show up, but neither are actually given a storyline of their own. Sloan’s story revolves around E, Ronda’s around Turtle.

Entourage feels out-dated, out-of-touch and tiresome.
Oh. And they’re all still misogynists. You can include writer/director Doug Ellin in that.

Go figure.

Pair it with: A cocktail made from 1-part bad dialogue, 2-parts old cocaine, 4-parts the tears of Hollywood executives everywhere. Add a tablespoon of misogyny and serve in a cracked and outdated 1950’s mug you found at your grandmothers.

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