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Entourage

Entourage

Released 19 June 2015
Director Doug Ellin
Starring






Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Debi Mazar, Rex Lee, Constance Zimmer
Writer(s) Doug Ellin
Producer(s)

Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Doug Ellin
Origin United States
Running Time 104 minutes
Genre Comedy
Rating 15A
15

Bad bromance.

If you’re a little concerned that you won’t be able to follow the nuanced relationships that play out in Entourage without having seen the TV series then you can put your mind at rest. There are no nuanced relationships in Entourage and quite frankly a chimp could understand the plot. Come to think of it, a chimp may actually have written this rubbish.

The film takes place several months after the the finale of the TV series. Successful movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) has just emerged from a very short marriage and is back with the boys - his wannabe actor brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon), his driver Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and his manager Eric (Kevin Connolly). Vince’s next project will be his directorial debut but with over-bearing investors (father and son duo Billy Bob Thornton and Hayley Joel Osment) and a budget that is spiraling out of control, will he be able to pull it off with the help of studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven)?

Let me break that plot down a little more because to say it’s about the making of a film is actually a little misleading. The movie biz stuff chugs along in the background, mainly driven by Piven’s one-note turn as Gold but in the foreground, we are subjected to the site of four overgrown frat boys hooking up with a series of improbably good looking and generally disposable women who are at least half their ages. It would be offensive if it wasn’t so damn boring. The cast are uniformly charmless and the central idea that Vincent Chase as played by Grenier, a man with the charisma of a soggy cornflake, could be a huge movie star is ludicrous.

It boggles my mind that the show was consistently popular for eight seasons - I struggled to stay in the company of these neanderthals for the running time of the movie. And I mean really struggled; I haven’t left a film early since Multiplicity starring many Michael Keatons but if I hadn’t been there with my reviewer hat on, I would have been gone the minute Andrew Dice Clay showed up. Perhaps fans of the series will enjoy being back in the company of its characters (although that idea in itself I find unfathomable) but if you don’t fall into this category, Entourage is a deeply unfunny slog through the moronic side of Hollywood.

- Linda O’Brien