by | Jun 21, 2015 | 0 comments

A Risky Comedy That Sometimes Steps too Far but Largely Pleases the Show’s Fans


It’s hard for a filmmaker to admit that the film he or she is making is not art. However, it is also admirable when a filmmaker has the nerve to downgrade his or her own work for what it truly is. Entourage is not an artistic film, and if you look for quality or realistic logic in it, you won’t find it. I think that that’s where the real beauty of this kind of film is; where you purposefully are making a film not to tell a story or to showcase an artist’s skills, but simply to give the audience a good time.

Entourage is the long awaited film from the HBO show of the same name, which ran from 2004 to 2011. The TV show followed five guys and their lives in Hollywood. The characters were Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) the big Hollywood star, Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly) Vince’s manager and childhood best friend, Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon) Vince’s big brother and burnt out actor, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) another of Vince’s friends and his driver, and finally Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) who is Vince’s agent. Just think of Sex and the City but with guys and in LA. In the Entourage film we have the same group of friends with a few minor changes. Turtle now is making a fortune from his tequila company: Avion and Ari is now the head of his own studio. For Ari’s first film, as studio head, he wants a starring vehicle for Vince, but apparently Vince also wants to direct his next venture and this brings some problems as the film goes over budget and tough negotiations have to be held with the film’s financiers played by Billy Bob Thornton and Hayley Joel Osment.  

The film isn’t trying to be something it will never be, it accepts the category it’s going to be placed in and it uses it to its full advantage. The film might be littered with too many cameos from the likes of Liam Neeson, Warren Buffett, Thierry Henry, and Tom Brady, but overall the actual story and handling of the characters was everything that an Entourage fan was hoping it to be. I especially was impressed with the complicated challenge of splitting screen time equally with five actors. In this aspect, the series’ creator and this film’s director, Doug Ellin, did a great job. Because it’s hard to keep all your actors happy and still have something that makes sense and is enjoyable on the screen. Then I have to comment on the actual comedy of the film; it was really funny. It doesn’t hurt that I was a fan of the TV show, but I can boldly say it had been a long time since a movie made me laugh as much as Entourage.

In terms of acting, I’m left with two actors to put in the spotlight: Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon. Piven plays Ari both on the TV show and in the film with this never-ending angry adrenaline rush which adds some tension and energy to the film and the story’s stakes. Besides, his ultra-offensive behavior never fails to win laughs. Kevin Dillon in the meanwhile plays Johnny Drama again with a passion and awkwardness that has him steal every scene he’s in. Also, Dillon manages to add a surprising amount of layers to his character: a failed actor trying to stay optimistic and simultaneously take care of his little brother, it’s a touching brush stroke from Dillon.

The film isn’t the perfect comedy that is politically correct to everyone and conveys a cheesy moral message. Yes, the film is sexist, since all of its female characters are objectified. Yes, Ari is very racist and he doesn’t face consequences for his comments. But then again, that adds to the tension and daring of comedians. And for the audience it is sometimes enjoyable and refreshing to see a bold comedy. Plus: what’s life without a little risk?








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