Film Review: Entourage1 min read . Updated: 20 Jun 2015, 12:58 PM IST
'Entourage' needs more Ari Gold
Four years after the series finale, the quartet from the hit HBO TV series is back in a feature-length spin-off movie. Entourage, the movie, starts sometime after the series finale. Vince (Adrian Grenier), Eric (Kevin Connolly), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) are living the dream thanks to Vince’s popularity and success as a Hollywood star. On the back of a failed marriage that lasted only nine days, Vince sets himself a new challenge. When his former agent, now studio head, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) pitches a new project, Vince presents a caveat—he will only do the film if he can also direct it.
While Ari breaks his back and almost his marriage in order to keep Vince’s over-budget film afloat, fending off meddling Texan financiers (Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment), with twisted intentions, Vince, Turtle, Johnny Drama and Eric are self-obsessing, partying and womanizing: not unlike their antics on the TV show. Ari Gold retains his excitable, abusive, highly-strung persona and the writers smartly include banter between him and his previous assistant, Lloyd.
This is a showcase for luxury cars, cameos galore and a hat-tip to Hollywood’s hedonistic, Machiavellian ways. Several show regulars make an appearance: Debi Mazar as publicist Shauna, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Eric’s on-off girlfriend Sloan and Rex Lee as Lloyd. Since the premise of Entourage is inspired by Mark Wahlberg’s life, he makes an appearance too.
Doug Ellin, who helmed the series that ran from 2004-11, serves as screenwriter and director of this spin-off, in which the antics of the foursome simply appear shallow and their ambitions scanty. The one thing that binds them is an unshakeable loyalty and commitment to each other. The only character to have grown is Turtle—now slimmer and successful in his own right.
The TV series was cheeky, witty, outrageous, over-the-top and entertaining. While the film has dashes of that, yet it feels like a haughty 104-minute-long episode with watered down wit and not enough Ari-isms.
Entourage released in theatres on Friday.