Entourage movie review – work hard, party harder

Adrian Grener, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven and the Entourage castThe boys are back. Vinny Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his crew return in the long-awaited movie followup to the hit television show Entourage, which ended in 2011 after eight seasons.

When Vince Chase ends his marriage after just a few days, his best friends E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrarra) and his older brother Drama (Kevin Dillon) show up off the coast of Ibiza to comfort their big time best friend. They get to his massive yacht to find a wild party with tons of gorgeous women fighting for Vince’s attention.

While trying to console the surprisingly okay superstar, Vince declares that he wants to make another movie. Turtle informs him that his former agent, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is now the head of a studio and wants him to star in his first big film since he started running the studio. Vince calls Ari and they make a deal to have Vince not only star, but direct it as well.

Complications arise when the blockbuster movie, titled Hyde, goes way over budget. Ari is forced to go to Texas where he meets with the financiers of the movie, Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son, Travis (Haley Joel Osment), to ask for more money. The McCredles are concerned that the movie is set to be a catastrophic failure. Larsen tells Ari that if he wants any shot of having the money to finish the movie, his son Travis, has to see the current cut of movie.

Meanwhile, Turtle is getting ready to host a massive screening for the movie at his house with a party littered with celebrities and athletes. Drama is especially excited as Vince gave him a role in it and he feels that for once, he is going to get noticed and take his place among the Hollywood elite. E on the other hand is dealing with the fact that his pregnant ex-wife wants nothing to do with him and is focusing on getting himself back out on the market with a little encouragement from his friends. Things get a little messy at the screening, which puts the movie, Drama’s big break, Ari’s reputation, and Vince’s career in jeopardy.

Entourage is a hilarious ride that leaves you wanting more. Even if you’ve never seen the show you’ll still enjoy the movie’s many laughable moments and the onslaught of never-ending celebrity cameos. Entourage gives you a glimpse of what we perceive the Hollywood high-flying lifestyle to really be like.

Fans will enjoy the behind-the-scenes, although a bit over the top, look into the kind of legwork that goes on at the highest levels of production to get a film made. Conflicting visions, ideas and personnel decisions that can make or break a film. Entourage will have you laughing and interested the whole time.

In addition to the continuous laughs this film is absolutely loaded with celebrity cameos, from great characters who were a part of the television show to a wide variety of popular movie stars, musicians and athletes. The only drawback to this movie is that it felt like it could have been a little longer as there were many sub plots pulling away from the main story, but overall, watching this movie really makes you feel like you’re a part of the entourage. ~ Greg Chisholm

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