WRITTEN BY: Doug Ellin
DIRECTED BY: Doug Ellin
STARRING: Kevin Connelly, Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara
RATING: 4 stars
Picking up days after the television series ended, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is now a studio boss and agrees to let Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) direct and star in a film adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde with a massive budget exceeding $100 million. He even has a role for his brother Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon). The only problem is that their Texan financier Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis (Haley Joel Osment) do not want to fork out any more money until they have seen what has been filmed so far, amid fears that it will bomb at the box office. Meanwhile, Eric (Kevin Connelly) is dealing with his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sloane (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) is trying to get a date with Ronda Rousey.
For most people, this film is probably a pretty average comedy. But it is everything fans of the show wanted. It is like binge watching several episodes with dozens of fun cameos and references to the television series. The appeal of the show was that it gave a rare insight into the inner workings of Hollywood as a business as well as the wild parties, and the film is a continuation of that, despite of course, being fictitious. Piven is still the stand-out performer with some very memorable lines and violent outbursts. The rest of the main crew are also as reliable as ever and still have great chemistry together. Rex Lee is also fantastic but under-used as Lloyd. Producer Mark Wahlberg, whose own life inspired the original story, has publicly said that if this film is a success, they will make a sequel. Entourage has always been a bit like Sex and the City with men instead of women and that show spawned a series of films that lost the plot a bit but still did very well at the box office. I can see the same happening with Entourage. We do not need another film, but we might get one anyway.