Entourage: Hollywood Frat Club

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Welcome back to the randomness! Today, my dear friends, I will be talking about Entourage. Yes, that old HBO “classic” Entourage. You can’t look anywhere online or television without seeing some type of ad for the new movie.  All of these ads intrigued me since the trailer said you do not have to watch the show to understand the movie. Usually I would be like, ‘bring on the challenge’ but the television traditionalist in me needed to see the episodes before I would even consider seeing the movie.

I will not lie to any of you right now. I had a completely different blog post written earlier in the week. It was an overview of the show. I talked about the characters, what I liked about the show and the problems the show had. Then I started to read interviews from the cast and crew and early reviews of the movie. That is when my opinion changed. I had very strong feelings but I felt like I was just being hard on the show. Now I see that I was actually being too nice in the original piece.

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There are many problems I was willing to overlook when it came to Entourage. It was about young guys being young in the early 2000s in a place that doesn’t even know how to spell ethics let alone have any. In the first three seasons a lot of the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff was interesting. The Ari character really added to the show. Broke up the same storyline of the ‘bros’ and their women.

After that, the show gets stale. It is the same story lines. Especially when many of the characters are either nameless blondes/celebrities that are meant to be a playthings or guys who are made to be truly disgusting to hide how disgusting the main characters could be. I am not the only one to think this way about the show. In fact, I am late to the stale party.

However, the showrunner and creator Doug Ellin looks at the people who criticize the show as…wrong. So wrong.

An AV Club article quoted Ellin as saying “If you talk to real people instead of little, bitter guys sitting on their Twitter accounts—real guys who have friends go, ‘This is my friends. This is how I grew up”.

Great. That is the story of how you and your friends grew up in the industry.  By saying that people who criticize the show are little and bitter because they don’t relate to your ‘boys’ and ‘childhood’ is derogatory. Also a bit defensive. Sometimes writers need to stand back and look at what they created with a critical eye. It seems to me that Ellin and producer Mark Wahlberg think that anything they create is great and anyone who does not agree doesn’t get how awesome they are.

Time to get out of the bubble.

I was thinking of going to the movie to see how these characters have grown. A lot could have changed. However, from what I gather from the reviews….yeah…doesn’t’ happen. My favorite line from a review?

“Four years later, here comes Entourage the movie, and it’s like catching up with an old friend and remembering why you don’t hang out with him anymore: He’s stuck in a rut and he has nothing new to say.” – Richard Roeper

Growth. What a concept for fictional characters.

I’m sure the movie will do well and the studio will play it up as a huge hit. I won’t be in the audience.

What do you all think about Entourage? Tell me below or tweet me your answers at @Cometgirl71822! Either way, the randomness has ended. Enjoy.

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