The Entourage: Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon (Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.)
“It’s a love letter to L.A.,” explains Emmanuelle Chriqui, and the actress who reprises her role as Sloan in the film version of the HBO hit series “Entourage” couldn’t be more right.
Hollywood is what it is because of Los Angeles. The city was a hub to agriculture because of the environment, and it blossomed. Then came entertainment, and that grew like wildfire here as well. The two blended and created one of the most amazing places on the planet. This is where the best of the best come to do their thing, and when you have all of that talent in one town, you cross paths with like-minded individuals and they become your friends. If you are in a coal-mining town, you hang with miners. Same thing here.
This is why Entourage is so much fun. It’s about friends hanging out and the shit they get into. Their friends just happen to be the biggest entertainers and athletes around. This is a movie for anyone that has had a crew of friends. No matter what world you live in, you have your own Turtle, E and definitely a Drama.
The movie picks up where the show left off, only a few months down the line, and it feels like it didn’t miss a beat. If you like the show, you’re going to love this. My complaint was always that the episodes were too short. The film remedies that and gives you the show you love in a long format. Just think of it as watching a few episodes on HBO Go back to back.
The tone of the movie remains true to the series. It has all of the hot bodies, killer music,and humor that made this the staple of so many Sunday nights. It’s rare that a movie can take content from the small screen and get it to play exactly the same way on the big one, but Entourage succeeds.
For those of you that have never seen the show, you can jump right in too. Creator/writer/producer/director Doug Ellin added a news scene from Piers Morgan to update viewers on the history of the crew in a special bio on main character, Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier). This device adds to the meta fun of the series where we see the behind the scenes of the behind the scenes, but also provides content and a Cliff’s Notes pass for those that have no clue as to why we should care about this crew. From there, we are off and running.
The show was always known for participating on an honest level with Hollywood and showing how silly and amazing it can be in the same day. It’s that fun that brings in the largest cast of cameos in a movie since The Cannonball Run. You have everyone from Liam Neeson and Mike Tyson to Kelsey Grammar and Pharrell. And that’s in just the first half of the flick. The best scenes of someone playing themselves is a tie between Ronda Rousey kicking Turtle’s (Jerry Ferrara) ass and T.I. dealing with another kid on the way.
It’s a fun take on the world of Hollywood, but also an honest one. It’s a buddy comedy that just happens to take place in the craziest town on the planet with the hottest scenery around. And if you’re wondering how Jeremy Piven takes on his character Ari Gold after a few years off, the answer is: perfectly. He is fired up and easily one of the best/worst bosses to ever work for. The couples therapy scene alone is pure gold. And yes, Lloyd (Rex Lee) is back and annoying as ever.
Grab your entourage, and start your summer off right when this Entourage hits your town.
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