It’s been four years since we last saw Vince, E, Turtle, Drama and Ari Gold taking on Hollywood in Entourage, and now the boys are back in a feature-length movie that fans are sure to love.
Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Ari (Jeremy Piven) are still living large in Hollywood, but when Ari bankrolls Vince’s directorial debut with a $100 million budget, which goes $15 million over, he’s forced to turn to unscrupulous Texas billionaire Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis (Haley Joel Osment) to find the added financing and finish the film. Now with both of their careers on the line, Ari has to trust that Vince’s talent and vision will bring the two of them through.
The Boys Are Back
In the series, Entourage followed four regular boys from Queens, who took their shot at Hollywood and made it big. Now series creator and director Doug Ellin is taking us back in a follow-up that offers fans a wild trip down memory lane, as well as crafting a new experience for audiences. While the focus of the film is on how Vince and Ari are going to survive at the head of a giant tentpole that just cannot fail, the rest of our favourite characters enjoy their own subplots, the most poignant of which is Johnny Drama’s unrelenting attempt to be taken seriously.
All of the boys are back on point, but there are two stars who undoubtedly steal the show – Jeremy Piven and Haley Joel Osment. While Piven is once again the ultimate take no prisoners Hollywood boss Ari Gold, the foul mouthed, explosively cool super agent who, with his best client, rose through the ranks of Hollywood, he’s now stuck in a quandry with doing what his investors at the studio want, while also helping Vince shine once more.
A personal favourite scene is when Ari and his wife Melissa attend one of their routine therapy sessions where Ari’s explosive temper gets the better of him. Fuelling the former super agent’s anger issues is Haley Joel Osment’s Travis McCreadle, the spoiled, rich kid, and all-around pompous son of Texas oil billionaire Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton). While Travis’ job is to oversee the film, he seems more occupied with trying to bed Emily Ratajkowski (who plays an exagerated fictional version of herself), who also happens to be seeing Vince. As always tempers flair, and it’s up to Ari, Vince, and the rest of the boys to come together to try and win.
While we care about the boys, another reason to love Entourage was the out of control exuberance of the lifestyle that the characters lived. Everything from expensive rides and tailored suits to private islands were front and centre of Entourage, and Ellin has brought it all back in spades.
For fans of the show, Entourage is a familiar and enjoyable watch. It’s nostalgia at its best, and even first-time viewers are sure to get a few kicks from the incredible celebrity cameos.