Run time: 104mins
Director: Doug Ellin
Cast: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Billy Bob Thornton
Synopsis: Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his ‘boys’ Eric, Turtle and Johnny, are back…and back in business with super-agent-turned-studio-head Ari Gold. Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious, cut-throat world of Hollywood.
Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) is about to direct his first film, with the help of agent-turned-movie-head, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Gold secures the $100 million budget from Texas billionaire Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis (Haley Joel Osment). But Chase’s film soon goes over-budget and Gold realises his studio is in trouble with only its first movie…
Four years on from the final episode of the award-winning HBO comedy-drama TV series (2004-11), the Entourage boys are back with their own celebrity entourage in tow. Among the stars making a cameo as themselves are Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson, Piers Morgan, Pharrell Williams, Armie Hammer, Kelsey Grammer, Calvin Harris, Emily Ratajkowski, George Takei, Gary Busey, Thierry Henry and of course, the film’s producer, Mark Wahlberg.
Director Doug Ellin created and largely wrote the eight-season chronicles of the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Los Angeles, California.
Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson served as the show’s executive producers, and its premise is loosely based on Wahlberg’s experiences as a rising film star. With themes of male friendship and real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood, its hallmark is an array of famous guests, several actors, athletes, and other celebrities in guest star and cameo roles, often playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
Unfortunately this multi-bromance is not The Player (Robert Altman, 1992), that witty and ironic satire on Hollywood tropes, but rather a vulgar, cliché laden, sexist and juvenile attempt to extend the franchise.
Die-hard fans of the television series may be happy that the long, five year gestation of this big screen revival and reunion is over, but for everyone else the only flicker of interest in an implausible script will be the big name cameos, especially – too briefly – from Liam Neeson.
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