Entourage Movie Review: Just Like the TV Show, But Longer
Entourage hits the big screen with the same celebrity worshipping narcissism and sexual objectification that made the television series a hit for HBO. It's essentially a four episode story arc dressed up as a feature film. Fans of the show will get a kick out of seeing the gang back together. But there's nothing interesting or unexpected that warrants paying to see this movie at the theater. Much like the god awful Sex and the City films, HBO is counting on your love of the characters to make up for the lackluster plot.
The film picks up nine days after the show's finale. Vince (Adrian Grenier) has annulled his marriage. Tired of nailing models on his luxury yacht rental, he convinces Ari (Jeremy Piven), now running the studio, to let him direct his next film. Eight months later, the film is spectacularly over budget, Eric (Kevin Connolly) has been dumped by a pregnant Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) has become a millionaire from his tequila investments. Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) is still the predictable sap, but hopeful that his four measly scenes in Vince's directorial debut will bring him long deserved glory. The gang's fantasy run hits a speedbump when the hillbillies that own the studio (Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment) refuse to spend another nickel on the film...without a few controversial changes.
Entourage has its fill of naked girls, cameos, drugs, booze, and ostentatious wealth. What it's missing is conflict. Much like the television show, the universe cradles Vincent like a baby. He, nor his acolytes, can do no wrong. Everything will work out in their favor, no need to panic. I suppose Entourage is a testosterone drenched fantasy, wish fulfillment for the average Joe, who will never sleep with Emily Ratajkowski or get hammered with Rob Gronkowski. We got that in spades on the television show. It would have been nice for series creator, director, and writer - Doug Ellin, to at least make a stab at something new. Entourage is such a lazy effort. I feel like we, the audience, are just schmucks paying for the party.
I can't imagine women having any interest in Entourage. Every actress is either having sex, naked, almost naked, pregnant, discussing sex, or just standing around looking pretty while gyrating. Emily Ratajkowski and Ronda Rousey, who play themselves, are just the next gals the dudes are going to hook up with. This unrepentant sexism is probably the draw, but it looks damn garish and silly in a feature film. The female image and behavior glamorized here is what propagates low self-esteem and insecurity in women.
Simply put, if you like the show, then you'll probably be entertained by this film. Everyone else will be either bored or aghast at how women are portrayed. I wonder if Emily Ratajkowski adlibbed her dialogue? It's hard to imagine her lines were actually scripted.