Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) has decided that he wants to direct his next picture. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now head of the studio, reluctantly entrusts a $100 million dollar budget to him. When his chief financial backer Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis (Haley Joel Osment) want to know where their money is being spent, Ari has to balance everything in order to get the picture made. Not an ideal situation for someone looking to control his anger issues.
Meanwhile Vince’s entourage are all dealing with their own problems. Drama (Kevin Dillon) may have found a project that will finally show the world that he can really act. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is enjoying his new found fortune by pursuing a would-be romance with Ronda Rousey and Eric (Kevin Connolly) is preparing to be a Dad, but has women problems to contend with.
Entourage is a sharp, stylish and sensational look at the inner workings of Hollywood. The popular HBO series ran for 8 seasons between 2004-2011 and now we are taking a long overdue big-screen adventure with Vince, Eric, Drama, Turtle and of course Ari Gold. Creator Doug Ellin returns to helm this infectiously entertaining and laugh-out-loud chapter that welcomes the initiated whilst being perfectly assessable to anyone not familiar with the show.
The cast are all excellent with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara effortlessly slotting into their old roles. Their chemistry is undeniable and they are a joy of watch. Jeremy Piven steals the film as he did the original show as studio shark Ari Gold. He is magnetic onscreen and always makes you laugh with his trademark brand of brash exuberance.
The show’s premise was perfect for lots of cameo appearances and this trend continues in the movie. Lead by co-producer Mark Wahlberg, other big names are scattered throughout the film – I won’t spoil them as the surprise factor is part of the fun. Elsewhere Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Perrey Reeves and Emmanuelle Chriqui all reprise their roles to good effect.
Entourage is a brilliant popcorn flick that is perfect if you need an engaging pick-me-up. It’s larger than life in all the right ways and the satire on Hollywood is spot on. Any film-fans out there will delight at all the in-jokes and references throughout the film. The whole picture is shot sumptuously too and makes you want to live the high life in glitzy LA. It’s hard not to fall in love with these characters and their first big screen adventure proves that they’ve still definitely got that magic touch.