Movie Review: Entourage

Warning: Contains spoilers!

Entourage is a continuation of an HBO television series of the same name that ran from 2004 to 2011. It was released on June 3, 2015 and has grossed over $44 million. The protagonist, Vincent “Vince” Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his “entourage” of childhood friends, his brother Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillion), agent Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly), and personal chef Turtle (Jerry Ferrara)  grew up in a dangerous neighborhood. However, Vince was discovered by his agent-turned-producer, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and they all ended up in Hollywood.

I had never heard of the television show, nor do I remember seeing any previews for the movie, so I went in completely blind. I actually went to the theater to see a different movie, but every other show was full for the next few hours (the only downside to those giant, fancy armchairs.)

Vince’s nine-day marriage ends and he decides he wants to do something different. Gold, who had just become a producer, offers Vince the lead in his first movie, Hyde, but Vince demands to direct as well. The movie skips ahead eight months, when Vince, who’s already over budget, needs another $10 million dollars. Gold is forced to visit the Texan rancher Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son, Travis McCredle (Haley Joel Osment), who are financing the movie. Larson is unconvinced of the movie’s worth and sends Travis to decide if they should give Gold and Vince the money they need.

The gang organizes a screening to get feedback on the movie and hundreds of people show up. Vince gets cold feet, fakes technical difficulties and gives Ari and Travis DVDs to watch themselves. Travis is thrilled, because he’s just met the model of his dreams, Emily Ratajkowski, and goes with off with her.

Gold decides that Hyde is amazing, but Travis doesn’t feel the same way. He first says he doesn’t like Johnny and then adds he hates Vince as well. The gang realizes that Travis only hates the movie because he’s jealous that Vince and Emily have started dating. Larson, surprised but also irritated at the disrespect he believes his son faced, agrees only to back the movie if Gold resigns, which Gold does.

Hyde goes on to be a major hit and makes over $450 million worldwide. Johnny, struggling through the entire movie with his poor career, wins an award for best supporting actor. In the last lines of the movie, a photographer ironically suggests to the gang that a movie be made of their lives.

Unfortunately, I wan’t very engaged while watching Entourage. The characters were more annoying than interesting, especially Travis and Johnny. The fact that the whole movie almost went under because Travis felt disrespected was slightly ridiculous, seeing as Emily didn’t want to go out with him in the first place. He forced her to let him go to her house and watch the movie with her and got angry that she was interested in someone else. He literally waited outside of her house after she finally got him to leave to see if Vince was going to show up. That’s creepy. That’s not okay. Emily is entitled to date whoever she wants.

That’s not the only hit against women in the movie. Most of the movie and the character’s subplots are based around the sexualization of women. The are countless party scenes of scantily-clad women and more than a couple sex scenes. Jeremy Pivon describes the movie as a “male fantasy,” but it’s pretty demeaning to women. The only functional relationship is between Gold and his wife.

Let’s look at Eric, who gets his ex-girlfriend, Sloan, pregnant. He cheated on her, with her mother, I think, which is why they broke up. Then he started sleeping with another pretty blonde with big boobs, but she dumps him because she thinks his relationship with Sloan makes it awkward for her. He sleeps with another girl that night and both girls have to confront him for acting like a womanizing jerk by scaring the hell out of him.

The characters may have come from nothing, but I couldn’t feel sympathy for their problems when they’re so conceited. The whole movie is a showcase of glitzy Hollywood life, and obviously celebrities have personal issues just like everyone else, but it was hard to care about the characters when I didn’t like them or their lifestyle.

Overall, they didn’t face any real problems or failures because every single thing worked out in the end. I don’t really understand how it could be a satire of Hollywood life, because there were no lessons learned and no making fun of Hollywood life. It wasn’t even funny. They started out great, used their connections and riches to solve their non-truly-existent problems and ended up even better without having to change any of their ways.

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