Your best friend's star is rising in Hollywood, and there's only one thing to do: join his entourage. Meet Eric, Turtle and Johnny Drama: three guys from Queens dedicated to helping their film-star buddy Vincent Chase navi... more »gate the absurdities of modern-day Hollywood--where sex, parties and super-agents rule the town.« less
Nicholas Carroll | Portland OR United States | 07/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this out of morbid curiosity about the concept of "entourages", those parasitic friends of celebrities who reap the benefit of the luxurious lifestyle without having to work for it (except to keep the actor from being lonely, heaven forbid such a needy person from ever being alone!). That this show was produced by "Marky" Mark Wahlberg, who is particularly known for his entourage, lends great realism and credibility to this series.
The first episode was okay. I almost didn't want to watch any more after that, because it didn't really impress me, but after episode 2, I was hooked! What I don't understand is why the true stars of this show play second fiddle to the main guy (Adrian Grenier, playing an up-and-coming actor who can't make decisions on his own). Kevin Connolly is the star of this show, playing best friend Eric, who manages Vincent Chase's career and other choices, even though he doesn't have any experience in Hollywood or any personal connections to it, other than being the high school buddy who gives up his personal goals to follow his famous friend to Hollywood. He is the brains behind the group and should be the one making the Hollywood career instead of the lame-brained actor friend.
Jerry Ferrara as the wise-cracking friend Turtle reminds me of many sidekicks who tag along in life to their star buddies. He offers much of the humor with his comments delivered with a Brooklyn-style accent (although they are from Queens). He has a loyal guard dog vibe, all too willing to accept left over scraps of women Vincent no longer wants or never wanted.
Kevin Dillon plays the older brother of Vincent with a waning acting career of his own. Its an ironic role, as he looks and sounds familiar to his own famous brother Matt Dillon. However, I find his character to be the most annoying, particularly that he's a hanger-on, expecting his brother's popularity to help his own career out of the B-list of actors.
The biggest joy to watch is Jeremy Piven, who often plays the loyal sidekick in many films ("The Family Man", "Serendipity"). He simply shines here, as a sleazy agent with a wandering eye. He doesn't like the fact that to get through to his client Vincent, sometimes he has to talk to Eric, the manager. Jeremy is an actor I'd like to see in more meaningful roles, so hopefully this series will graduate him out of the cast-typing of loyal sidekick into an actor of his own standing.
What really lends a realism to this show are the cameos and sly references to famous people or the use of invented celebrities to wink at the real ones (such as the female singer with the hots for Vincent even though she made a very public vow of chastity until marriage--shades of Jessica Simpson/Britney Spears). Even Mark Wahlberg has a cameo. There are a few surprises by other celebrities, and even a former reality show winner (the very wholesomely beautiful Lisa Donohue of "Big Brother 3") makes an appearance.
I can't wait to see season 2 when it comes on DVD. I only wish the first season had more than 8 half hour episodes. Hopefully they can maintain a longer season for however long this series is meant to last. Its a worthwhile look at an interesting Hollywood phenomenon."
Every single episode has made me laugh
M. B Cole | Las Vegas, NV | 04/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having heard about Entourage for a couple years now, I decided to finally give it a shot after prolonging it for quite some time. The show didn't look that appealing to me and the main actor who plays Vincent, Adrian Grenier, just seemed like a `B' actor to me. But after I kept hearing my friends talk about the show, I decided to pick it up at a store here in Iraq. It has all 4 seasons in it for like 30 bucks... hehe.
After a few episodes I was really into the show. It's definitely funny and that's what I wanted. To truly enjoy the show, you must let common sense go, because it just doesn't go well with this show. One prime example is that Vincent Chase is a lead star that's just had a huge movie premier. He's a big name actor (sorta) now and he's got a pretty boy face to go with that role. But he can go anywhere he wants around town and never seem to get swamped with fans or the paparazzi. If you can let the little things go, I believe you'll truly enjoy the show.
Now Vince is an up and coming star and he has his boys from high school with him along with his old brother Johnny `Drama' Chase. Drama, as most call him, is what you would call a `B' actor. Most of his stints have been not big characters on some popular shows such as Melrose Place and Viking Quest (which I'm thinking is supposed to be Hercules) and some not so known shows as well. Turtle is one of the good friends, and his main job is to be a driver and do certain errands Vinny needs. He's not Vin's slave by no means, but this is how he earns his keep so he doesn't have to be a full blown moocher. Eric is Vince's best friend and has been since they were about 6 years old. Eric has his head on his shoulders and is here to try and help Vince with his career. He's not trying to be a mooch, but just trying to help his friend. Vince makes Eric his manager to help with scripts and to make his life easier. And when I say easier...I mean it as in Vinny doesn't have to talk to Ari Gold (played BRILLIANTLY by Jeremy Piven), a cold hearted, hard as nails, wise cracking, smart butt, genius, and on the top of his game agent. Ari and Eric's arguments are some of the best parts of the show. Both hard headed and both trying to help Vincent, but in somewhat different ways. The whole cast is great and definitely grow on you as the season(s) goes on. Along with the cast you also have a LOT of big name cameos. I was quite surprised to see so many.
What I love about the show is that it makes life seem so fun being rich. Once Vinny makes millions from his first movie, he buys a huge house for him and friends to live in. Cars for them. They take trips when they want. Just hang out and do things we all wished we could do. And when someone like Jessica Alba talks to them, everything is so nonchalant. If it was me, I don't think I'd be able to even speak. Ok maybe I would, but my words would come out all Jibba Jabba like.
And yes there is a story that goes with the show. In season one the big thing is getting Vincent another movie while he's hot. Eric puts a hurting on that because Ari just wants whatever will get Vincent big money, while Eric wants to help get Vinny a good script regardless of the money. Like other shows, it has one `main' theme for the season, while each episode has a mini-story itself.
All in all, I'm very happy I tried this show out. Very funny and I highly recommend it. Especially to guys, even though I know a lot of girls like it too. But like another reviewer mentioned... Entourage is sorta like a Sex in the City for guys.
The show does have a LOT of language that isn't suitable for children in my opinion. Some nudity (though not much) is also in here...like boobs! "
Life at the top is fun to watch, addictive.
Ultraman | Los Angeles, CA | 06/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fame, fortune, luxury, and letting it all go to your head; agents, managers, publicists, and everyone else that will lie, cheat, or steal to get a piece of you; and remembering your real friends. These are all key ingredients that make "Entourage" thoroughly entertaining, as well as freighting when you think about how it's based on reality.
I take the show as a cautionary tale; the entertainment industry is where I have just barely started to get my feet wet. There is a lot of truth in this fictional show: either everyone wants a piece of you or no one knows your name and can't spare a minute of their time. From my limited time spent dealing with people of the industry, on either coast, I have already found more jerks and egos-out-of-control than I care to recount. "Entourage" does an excellent job of exposing the dangers of the L.A. lifestyle, while simultaneously managing to present them in a thoroughly enjoyable manner.
The superficial world that is the entertainment business is navigated successfully through the four different personalities that make up the entourage. The four personalities of the Rising Star, Has-Been, Bum, and Level-headed Average Guy balance out the cast and provide a character for everyone to enjoy or relate to. Their friendship and their dependence on each other make the characters a success, as well as a success in the world of the show.
Jeremy Piven's role as agent to rising star, Vincent Chase, is thoroughly entertaining as well as aggravating. He's not quite the villain, but the perfect embodiment of the guy you don't want working against you. His quick one-liners and perfect delivery make it a joy to watch the show, whereas a real-life encounter with a guy such as him would probably make you want to deck him.
"Entourage" is rife with inside jokes, but not enough to lose the average viewer. Instead, the average viewer might just see the show as a bunch of losers whining about the good life and living high off the hog without really working. I enjoy it, but it's certainly not for everybody. I see it as another example of why I don't, and never want to, live in Los Angeles.
Show business is unlike any other business: they work by their own rules and decide who to let into their little clique. It's about as safe as sleeping in a pit full of vipers, but our glimpse at what it's like to live on top is good a one."
Fast Food Entertainment Full of Glitz, Glamour, and Celebrit
A. G. Corwin | 07/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Starring Adrien Grenier, Kevin Connally, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven, the series follows the lives of celebrity actor Vince Chase and his posse of friends from the old neighborhood as they maneuver and strut through the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Beautiful models, bright clubs, and celebrity cameos(Jessica Alba! Gary Busey! Jimmy Kimmel!) fill every episode. The boys are styling and living large, the women are drop dead beautiful and available, and the night life and premieres fill their days and nights. This show packs a visual orgy of celebrity glitz and the good life. The writing is clever and the wit varies between sarcastic and sophmoric, but overall the show entertains everyone, because deep down we all want a little taste of the Hollywood life.
Highlights: Jeremy Piven is perfect as the loud, straight talking, abrasive agent to the star Ari. He brings a comedic pedigree and sense of timing that just kills. Kevin Dillon as Vincent's once famous older brother, is the real breakout in the show. Dillon's Johnny Drama was on top 9 years ago, living the life his younger brother has now. But he has been reduced to D list status, and is essentially a sidekick, not an easy step down for a once famous actor. Dillon plays the role with depth that increases as the season progresses.
Johnny Drama runs into an old acting buddy played by Joey Slotnick who has been reduced to being a catering waiter at Gary Busey's art exhibit and sees what his future may hold.
Ari, facing a threat by his pen stealing former protege attempting to steal Vincent away to a rival agency, drives to Malibu, crashes the man's party, verbally emasculates him, and then swaggers up the beach. Sheer brilliance by Piven.
For a season run, eight episodes is extremely short, but good things await us in season 2, now on HBO. In the meantime, enjoy a bite of fast food entertainment, HBO style."
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 09/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I took a real hunch on this one. You see, in Australia, we don't get this show - we are the last in the Universe to get anything good and no one here has probably even heard of it. I had heard so many good things about this, that I took the risk and bought it. I knew I liked Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon (who plays a guy jealous of his brother, but he's got a real good heart and is funny and well acted) and knowing the subject matter, I trusted the good things I heard and my gut feelings. I am so happy I got this. It's excellent, and funny, seemingly realistic and really well written. No wonder Jeremy has been nominated for an Emmy. I hope he gets it. His character is sleazy and fun to watch. You love to hate him. Watch for great cameo appearances from various actors. It's a fun show, set in LA and produced by Mark Wahlberg who's probably had an entourage or two himself in his life. Get this and watch it all the way through if you haven't already seen it. Even if you have, you will want to watch it again I bet."