Unfortunately The Boys Are Back In Misogynistic “Entourage”
By Scott Kurland
Starring: Kevin Connolly, Adrien Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Hayley Joel Osment, and Jeremy Piven
Director: Doug Ellin (Blame him for everything)
I fully admit that from 2004 to 2008 I use to watch the HBO series “Entourage”. I was also in high school and college, so a case can be made for not knowing any better. What was once an award winning series about making it in Hollywood, slowly morphed into a pretentious series about womanizing celebrities. Unfortunately for us, this 8 season show has become a movie, sadly it is this week’s movie also titled “Entourage”. So get ready to read about this highly offensive film that degrades their audience as well as themselves in the process.
“Entourage” picks up right where the show left off. Superstar Vince Chase (Adrien Grenier), is fresh off his recent divorce and is looking for something that will bring him happiness. When his former agent turned studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) offers Vince a film based on “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Vince agrees on one condition....he has to direct. Now Ari and Vince are way over budget and must ask their benefactor (Billy Bob Thorton) for more money, only one problem the benefactor sends his son (Hayley Joel Osment) to “make changes”. Also we see the E (Kevin Connolly) is having a baby, Turtle is skinny and in love with fighter Ronda Rousey, and Drama (Kevin Dillon) is being Drama. Will Vince make his artistic debut? Or is there too much stuff going on.
I’ll just say it folks, this is a bad movie. Not even Mark Wahlberg serving as Producer and making a cameo can save this film. I know HBO and Warner Brothers made this film in hopes to create the same momentum they had with the “Sex and The City” movie. However, what they’ve created is just a reason for people to binge watch an entire season of “Entourage” in a movie theater. If that’s your cup of tea then by all means stop reading, but there are several problems with this movie.
Adrien Grenier “stars” in this film, I use stars in the loosest term. Vince is in about 80% of this movie, but if you were to put a gun to my head I can’t even tell you what he did. Like on the show Vince is the weakest character, the show relies on his fame, but besides that Vince is given nothing to do. That’s not Grenier’s fault nor, it’s Doug Ellin’s fault....but I’ll get to him later. The performances aren’t terrible, Kevin Connolly has made E a womanizer, which isn’t great but it shows change in his character. Turtle is skinny based on Jerry Ferrara’s recent weight loss, but how they tease him makes no sense. First they say he’s on steroids...steroids? Seriously? They give muscle and bulk, Ferrara looked like Christian Bale from “The Fighter”, steroids don't do that. Then after that joke dies they say he’s a crackhead...how mature.
The focus of this movie is Piven going head to head with Hayley Joel Osment. Honestly, Piven has been the only reason this series worked for so long. Even Osment is great as the main antagonist. With that said I became so enraged when I found out the reason for his evil plan, I won’t give it away, but I’ll say they stole a page right out of an episode of “Saved By The Bell”.
“Entourage” has always been known for being a man’s show, and that’s what this film aims at for the audience. These are good looking guys who get hot woman and drink all day. There’s no growth, no change in character, and that’s due to Doug Ellin the creator, director, and honestly the guy we can blame for this trash. The way characters male and female alike are written is so crazy. No one uses logic, no one really thinks, they’re horrible people who create a horrible life for everyone. Ellin was criticized for the way he writes women as dumb bimbos, so he decides to write some purpose for them. What is that purpose? In his eyes they’re cold calculating nymphomaniacs who turn on men. Lovely, right? We get that for almost two hours.
What drives me crazy about this film is what drove me crazy about the series. The jokes are so cliche and unfunny, for example they create sequels to films that no one cares about as a way to get out of plot holes. The writing is lazy, the direction is on autopilot, and the movie hopes no one will notice if it gives the audience the 4 Bs. The 4 Bs are what Roger Corman created in the 80s, Booze, Broads, Butts, and Boobs. What we get are the 4 Us, Uncomfortable, Unsatisfied, Unhappy, and UNCLEAN.
“Entourage” is a poor excuse for a film. It talks down to its audience, and it might just be one of the worst films of the year. This is a two hour film that looks like a fever dream from a muscle bound night club junkie on MOLLY. Do yourself a favor and save your money. This film is a complete waste of time, never have I left a theater so angry.
REVIEW RATING: F