Its official! Entourage the movie is a stinker. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and his gang just aren’t that entertaining and the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given it an aggregate rating of only 33%.
Piven’s character on the show, Ari Gold, was based on real life high power Hollywood agent Ariel “Ari” Emanuel, the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Piven grew up in Illinois in a Reconstructionist Jewish household.
Super Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who had one Jewish grandparent, appears in the movie. So does Jewish actress Debbie Mazar.
Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Wahlberg (he plays himself) and Oscar nominee Gary Busey are all in it. The actor who is still known only for having been the kid in The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment, will play Thornton’s son.
In addition to Piven, the stars of the TV show including Kevin Dillon, Adrien Grenier and Jerry Ferrara, all return for the movie.
The Los Angeles Times said, “Written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin, the film has an elevated scale compared with the series, with bigger houses, bigger parties and flashier cars, and features a good few episodes’ worth of plot churning. (The show was initially based loosely on the circle of friends around star Mark Wahlberg, who is a producer and among many celebrity cameos here.)”
“Whether created because of fan service or contractual obligation, the movie has none of the fizz of the earliest of the series’ eight seasons, and watching it summons that vague blank familiarity of discovering a show you used to watch is unexpectedly still on the air.”
And The Philadelphia Enquirer had this to say, “Entourage, in fact, is lacking in suspense altogether. Unless you’re the kind of person kept on tenterhooks by wondering which real-life celeb is going to show up in the movie more than once. Liam Neeson? Pharrell Williams? Mark Wahlberg? (Hint: Wahlberg was an executive producer of the series and the film.)”