A flat, frat boy parade that fails to impress
We’ve all had that moment in a coffee shop. You order a cappuccino and expect a hot, strong, frothy cup – but instead it’s cold, flat and has too much milk. That’s pretty much the level of disappointment I experienced with the Entourage film.
This isn’t just because it’s an uninspiring, meandering narrative with no real sense of character, but because the dialogue is weak and the acting even weaker.
The story is a feature-film continuation of the wildly popular TV series of the same name. Admittedly, I was a bit of a fan of the original Entourage series – after all, the story of four young Hollywood frat boys living large in LA is perfect viewing for an empty Saturday afternoon. But to sit for two hours in a cinema watching this drivel uninterrupted is just too much.
In the film the boys, led by their gorgeous leader, Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), are embarking on a massively expensive movie with the backing of their semiretired boss and mentor, Ari Gold ( Jeremy Piven), and get themselves in trouble when they come up against a bumbling Texan (Haley Joel Osment), who seeks to undo their “hard work”. But more than this so-called plot, the story is about presenting, without any critique, the lives of the It boys of Hollywood.
Women are expendable playthings or, in Johnny Chase’s (Kevin Dillon) words, “pieces of p**sy” to be used to relieve the stress and insecurities of these immature, largely talentless individuals.
Part of the failure to wow comes from the fact that the film is almost entirely inwardfacing. Drawing on LA-based jokes, with an LA-focused picture of reality, what is already a film based on exclusivity is almost alienating to a viewer.
Like many of the songs featured in the film (admittedly it’s a solid soundtrack), the “popping bottles” narrative either invokes an attitude of longing in the viewer, or just makes them feel like it’s flying right past them because of the bubble in which everything takes place.
Besides this social level, there are some really unrealistic outcomes that pull apart its credibility. The underdog comes out on top, the most useless characters are given a free pass by their partners and, despite a series of financially dubious blunders, the boys still succeed.
This is borderline fantasy, and not even the good kind.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
THIS RIDE IS OVER Entourage’s uninspiring, meandering narrative has no real sense of character and is made worse by a weak script and even weaker acting