Just as we saw through the series, Entourage is not so much about it’s main star and poster boy Vincent Chase, instead it focuses more on the band of brothers that have been with him all his life. With a constraint on time, which ends in a hasty 104 minutes, there is a sense of rushing to end of what is a really fun movie. An ending that has you thinking, “Hang on, is that the end?” – rectified slightly by a mid credit scene – leaves you remembering there are hours and hours to go back and watch again.
The plot – loosely phrased – takes the boys and gives them, as usual, a very small amount of conflict to deal with surrounded by beautiful people with all the excess that seems to come with being a movie star. After reconnecting with Ari, Vince is put in charge of his movie as director/actor, a take on Jekyll and Hyde. Running massively over budget, new studio head Ari is forced to travel to Texas to meet with financiers to secure more scrilla to get the movie done. Meanwhile, the boys all have their own things to get on with. Turtle is trying to woo Ronda Rousey, E is struggling to know what he wants amid a flock of beautiful women and a preganant ex, and Johnny is as always just wanting to be liked.
The boys are the boys yet again; Vinny is still the most unbelievable lead man of all time, E hasn’t lost his signature smirk or inexplicable way with the ladies, Turtle is trim and successful after the rise of his Tequila company, and Johnny struggles to free himself from his baby bro’s shadow. Other supporting roles including Ari’s wife, Ronda Rousey playing Ronda Rousey and the return of Ari’s former assistant Lloyd are all on point.
The enduring highlight from the show to the movie is the frantic super agent turned studio head Gold (Jeremy Piven). Thankfully Ari plays a large part in the film, but even his screen time is weighed down by the pure onslaught of cameos that become increasingly pointless. Yeah we know Wahlberg and co., you can get people to turn up in a movie for you. For a lot of it that’s great! There is no stopping the juggernaut though, as almost until the very end there is cameo after cameo.
Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment play a father-son financing team from Texas, with pockets as deep as they come. When things become personal between son Travis and our boy Vinny, over a girl of course, relations are strained between the money and the artist. Both Thornton and Osment don’t have much to grab onto in the movie and return what are seemingly pretty non-committal performances when next to the one and only Ari Gold.
Entourage is nothing if not entertaining. It is a movie that is made designed for pure entertainment – which makes it very hard to hate. It is so distracted in being entertaining that it almost forgets to offer anything else. That, however, is hardly a negative here. Entourage is fun – it was always bound to be. It is a bro-fest about bros being bros with fun at every turn; think you’ve seen it before, you probably have. It is called Entourage.
An ending that has you thinking, “Hang on, is that the end?” – rectified slightly by a mid credit scene – leaves you remembering there are hours and hours to go back and watch again.