Entourage: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (18 Jul. 2004)

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Vincent Chase is a young, hot, up-and-coming actor living in Hollywood. Tonight, he must attend the opening of his latest movie "Head On," but first he and his three best friends from back ... See full summary »

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Vincent Chase is a young, hot, up-and-coming actor living in Hollywood. Tonight, he must attend the opening of his latest movie "Head On," but first he and his three best friends from back home (Queens, NY) have lunch and discuss their upcoming 10-year high school reunion. Vince is reluctant to go but his buddies urge him to go with them. At the post-premiere party, Vince's agent, Ari, hassles Eric about getting Vince to read the script for a possible new project. Over breakfast, Vince says he's not going to do "Matterhorn" on Eric's advice. The foursome goes to meet with the director where Vince impresses him so much that Ari calls later to tell him that they've offered $4 million for the part. While Turtle and Drama celebrate, Vince lets him know that Eric is not too enthused about the script. Later, Ari and Eric share a rather confrontational dinner while discussing the future of their star's career. After Vince decides to take Eric's advice not to do the movie, the boys leave for ... Written by Anonymous

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In the original draft of the script for the pilot, the boys had a live-in chef named Cal. But it appears as if this character (and most of his lines) were merged with Drama by the time shooting was under way. See more »

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Hollywood, baby!
1 April 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Set in L.A., is an occasionally merciless Hollywood satire, contains countless cameos by movie stars playing either themselves or a fictional character. Oh, and Jeremy Piven's in it. Sound familiar? At first sight, Entourage seems to have a lot in common with The Player, Robert Altman's superb cinematic murder of the industry he worked in, one of the darkest movies about movies since the classic Sunset Blvd. There are, however, a few crucial differences: first of all, HBO's hit comedy is considerably lighter in tone and a hell of a lot funnier, too; more importantly, though, it is less about the obscure machinations of Tinseltown than it is about that most universal of themes - friendship.

To be more specific, Entourage stems from this premise: how would you behave if your best friend suddenly became a movie star? The series shows three different reactions to such an event, all revolving around young new hot celebrity Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), formerly a poor kid from New York, now L.A.'s most wanted bachelor. His best buddy, Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly), who acts as his manager, tries to stay realistic about the situation and constantly reminds Vince of the constantly volatile status famous actors enjoy. Johnny "Drama", Vincent's older brother, who's also an actor, tries to profit from the kid's fame to get a job, since he hasn't worked in a few years (ironically, or maybe not, the character is played by Kevin Dillon, younger sibling of the more renowned Matt). And Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), the most fun-loving of the gang, lives with a "seize the day" attitude, i.e. weed, parties and girls all over the place.

As the pilot begins, Vince's celebrity is about to be cemented by the premiere of his new movie, Head On, in which he stars with Jessica Alba. Following the screening, the boys hit it to a club, where they are later joined by Vince's manager Ari Gold (Piven), a potty-mouthed scumbag who is desperate to secure a new role for his client. The project he has in mind is called Matterhorn, and everything seems to be all right until Eric expresses his reservations concerning the script and has a pretty rough meeting with Ari.

On a superficial level, one could boil down the show's core to the confrontation between Eric and Ari. Not that it is entirely wrong to think like that: the two rarely agree on a single thing. However, there is so much more to the series than the hilarious agent/manager verbal dueling. As mentioned previously, Entourage is first and foremost about the enduring friendship that links the four protagonists: the real heart of the show lies in how Vince, E, Johnny and Turtle interact and lovingly mock each other in that "pals for ever" kind of way. A great example of this is the in-joke of Drama having appeared in Pacific Blue and Turtle joking: "When the hell were you on NYPD Blue?". Aside from the self-referential nature of the gag (Kevin Dillon was a recurring guest star on NYPD Blue), the humor derives from the real chemistry between the characters and the actors playing them. Dillon and Ferrara, in particular, form a comedy duo to rival Jay and Silent Bob. Piven plays no second fiddle to these guys, though: embodying all the negative aspects of the movie business at the same time, Ari is a joy for the ears whenever he opens his mouth, especially if he has to use the F-word repeatedly.

Bottom line: foul language, great dialogue, a committed cast, splendid visuals and more cameos than one could imagine (in the case of this ep, Ali Larter and Mark Wahlberg, who also serves as an executive producer on the show). What's not to love?


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