A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Entourage is a very mature "bromance" comedy inspired by the award-winning HBO comedy series of the same name. It serves up more of what the series was known for: Hollywood hijinks, sexual situations and nudity (suggested intercourse and oral sex, naked breasts and butts, tons of innuendo), curse-laden invectives ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), and, underneath it all, deeply loyal friendships. It's chock-full of celebrity cameos, as well as loads of drinking (mostly at parties), some drug content (one character walks around a party dispensing pills from a glass full of them, and another gets high on Molly mixed with Viagra), and much more -- including ever-present themes of materialism and objectification of women. A character also hurls homophobic insults at a former assistant.
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What's the story?
Based on the award-winning HBO comedy series of the same name, ENTOURAGE finds actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his friends Johnny/"Drama" (Kevin Dillon), Eric/"E" (Kevin Connolly), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) still navigating the shark-infested waters of Hollywood. Vince's former agent, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), is now a studio head -- and his job, as well as Vince's, is on the line, since he greenlit Vince's $100 million-budgeted directorial debut, a modern take on the Jekyll and Hyde story. Turns out part of came from a Texas investor, whose son might not be making financial decisions based on art and quality alone.
Is it any good?
While Entourage is far from perfect, there's no denying the fantastic chemistry that exists among the quartet -- or should we say quintet, since Piven is integral -- that headlines this comedy. Connolly, Grenier, Dillon, and Ferrara are what made Entourage the TV show fun, if not perfect. We may not believe the nuttiness of the situations they find themselves in -- even knowing how ridiculous Hollywood can get -- but we believe them as lifelong, life-of-the-party friends.
All of that said, we recognize that the guys live in a world apart, but is it possible that Entourage is even more misogynistic than its TV counterpart? The women here run the gamut from decorative to disdainful. They exist merely to have sex with the guys, to be contemplated as sex objects, to be discussed as sex objects, or all of the above. Where nudity is involved, it's almost always the women (so many boobs!) who are shown in advanced states of undress. Where's the intelligent commentary on all of this excess? Or are we supposed to think this really is the life?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their perceptions of what Hollywood is all about and whether they think they're accurate. Do you think Entourage portrays things as they really are, or is it exaggerated for effect?
How does the film depict friendship? Are the characters helped or hindered by their friends? Is that realistic?
How is sex portrayed -- and how are women treated? Are they objectified? How does their treatment here compare to the original show? What message does that send viewers?
What does the film have to say about drinking/drug use? Are there realistic consequences? What do you think would happen to people who behaved this way in real life? How does the characters' status impact the consequences of their actions?
- In theaters: June 3, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: September 29, 2015
- Cast: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Matt Dillon, Jerry Ferrara
- Director: Doug Ellin
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship
- Run time: 104 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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