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ENTOURAGE

SYNOPSIS: Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back - and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven).

Review by Louise Keller:
A breezy romp about Hollywood and the movie business, Entourage is plain, unadulterated fun, never taking itself too seriously as it trips over issues of ego, money, power and success. A continuation of the HBO TV series created by Doug Ellin and loosely based on actor Mark Wahlberg's real-life experiences as an up-and-coming movie star, the film relies on its stir-crazy characters, whose lives navigate through therapy, sexual misadventures and making movies. Punctuated by star cameos, it's a mindless, amusing satire that is a cross between spicy chewing gum and Hollywood fairy floss.

Surrounded by bikini-clad babes on a luxury cruiser in Ibiza, the film begins with its handsome star Vincent (Adrian Grenier) agreeing to a role conditional on his directing the movie. The Positano villa from where his agent Ari Gold (played superbly by Jeremy Piven) talks on the phone is decadence personified, complete with plush pool, ornate statues, picture-perfect geraniums and a view to die for. This is the set up for the central storyline in which Vincent's film gets made and is almost finished - except that more money is needed when it goes over budget. But the plot is just the frame in which the characters jostle for attention.

The premise relies on the close bond and blind loyalty of the small group of Vincent's childhood friends, who hang around with him 'sharing the ride'. Story strands include the clumsy girl juggling by producer Eric's (Kevin Connolly), driver Turtle's (Jerry Ferrara) crush on martial arts champion Ronda Rousey and the professional and personal insecurities of Vincent's dorky half-brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon). The silly subplot about upcoming gay nuptials (Rex Lee plays the ebullient groom) is neither here nor there. Billy Bob Thornton plays Larsen McCredie, the major investor who puts money into product, as opposed to Piven's Ari Gold, who invests in people, not product. Look out for Haley Joel Osment (M.Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense), who plays Larsen's wayward son. Funniest scenes involve Piven going to therapy and dealing with anger management.

Meanwhile, look out for cameos by Mark Wahlerg (who also produces), Liam Neeson, Armie Hammer, Jessica Biel, Jon Favreau, David Arquette, Amy Adams, George Clooney and others.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

ENTOURAGE (MA15+)
(US, 2015)

CAST: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon

PRODUCER: Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Rob Weiss

DIRECTOR: Doug Ellin

SCRIPT: Doug Ellin

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steven Fierberg

EDITOR: Jeff Groth

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Chase Harlan

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 4, 2015







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