Entourage: Film Review

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I have only seen the first season of Entourage and I was concerned that I would not get the movie but there was no need to worry as it is so accessible to newcomers and so enjoyable that I think everyone can get onboard with it.

The film begins six days after the series left off. E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrera) and Johnny ‘Drama’ (Kevin Dillon) visit their best pal Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) as he celebrates his honeymoon – without his wife. Chase has a change of heart about his career and wants to direct his next project so Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now a studio head, puts him in charge. This gets problematic when Vinny goes over-budget and Gold has to persuade Texan oil tycoons, played by Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment, to stump up more crash. For the other guys – Turtle has slimmed down and is a millionaire of his own, E is expecting a baby with ex-girlfriend Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and Drama is, as ever, trying for his big break.

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This is not a film really but more of an extended episode. It doesn’t have a massive plot but it just such fun that you don’t really care. If you watched the show, you will just be happy seeing the guys together again, while newbies can follow the story thanks to a brilliant ‘behind-the-scenes’ news piece by Piers Morgan inside the movie. This is exactly what you would expect from Entourage – epic mansions, sweet rides and lots of babes. It sticks to the formula of the series but amps it up several notches.

There are several other new additions including Ronda Rousey and Emily Ratajowski, who have substantial roles playing fictional versions of themselves.  There are many cameos (all the sports stars went over my head) including Jessica Alba, Mark Wahlberg (over course!), Bob Saget, Gary Busey, T.I. Liam Neeson and Armie Hammer.

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The only issue I had was the ending seemed slightly rushed. I wanted just 5-10 minutes more to see them celebrate, whereas it was so abrupt that I felt robbed of that rush of happiness a little bit. But that’s such a minor detail. This was a joy to watch and I love those guys. You don’t have to be a fan of the series to go see!

In cinemas Friday 19th June 

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