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Entourage

LET’S HUG IT OUT BITCH! Because Vinnie Chase and the boys are back in town! Entourage is back and this time we are taking it to the big screen ladies and gentlemen. For those that don’t know, Entourage was a series on HBO that revolved around an actor who made me big and brought his friends from New York with him out to Hollywood. Loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s adventures and life in Hollywood, It ran for 8 seasons, some say 2 seasons 2 long, and was kind of defined as Sex in the City for men. John Campea, formally of AMC Movie Talk, called it Lifestyle porn which I think is a very accurate explanation of what we love about this franchise. Yes I said franchise, because I hope that we get Entourage 2, because this one is that good.

Entourage pretty much picks up a week or two after the series’ ends. Now I won’t spoil anything, but it follows the efforts of Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, as he tries to secure more money for star client Vinnie Chase, played by Adrian Grenier, for his over budgeted directorial debut film. The entire cast returns from the show including Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Perrey Reeves, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Among them new comers include Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Kid Cudi, Emily Ratajkowski, Ronda Rousey, and Mark Cuban (Cuban is just a brief cameo, but it’s Cuban, I’m mentioning him.) Among them, you also get numerous cameos that I will not spoil here, but believe me, there are too many to count.

The film is a lot of fun. It really goes back to the basics of the show, and just puts you in the lives of these characters. I’ve recently been rewatching the series’ in anticipation for the film, and it really reminded me of the first and second season, which I think was best. The cameos, the party’s, the one liners. They are all there, and all fun. It also does a really good job of both hinting at minor details from the show, while also giving you a lot of through backs. It even takes the time to use small but effective dialog to tie up all loose ends and questions a true fan of the show would have while watching

That said, you don’t have to be someone who watched the show to enjoy this film. It definitely helps, but it isn’t a complete necessity. Through clever dialog and plot devices they catch up and give you everything you need to know, and it helps in making the film very enjoyable, even for the casual movie going audience.

As far as negatives go, I can honestly say I do not have too many. And the ones I do have are a little nitpicky. There is not a real underlining threat in the film. Throughout the show Vinnie is always faced with a good amount of drama that he must overcome and deal with, I never felt worried for him throughout this. There is a minor storyline with E that really gets invested and into it, but is wrapped up very quickly. The film is rated R, as should be, but the show had its use of language. However, I didn’t feel we lived up to the vulgarity of the show. As far as naked girls go though, they definitely lived up. There is also one minor continuity issue that being a crazy fan that I am I picked up on, but it’s not that big of a deal. I won’t tell you, I’ll let you see if you picked it up.

Other than that, Entourage is a great freaking movie. It was so much fun. I was literally smiling from ear to ear the entire film. I got to see it early for a press screening, and I enjoyed it so much that I will be going back to give the film my hard earned cash to support it. And I suggest you do to. You will not be disappointed. I’m giving Entourage and full .5 bonus for doing such a wonderful job taking me back into that world. With a score of 4.2 plus its bonus, that is going to be a 4.7 on the Jeebus Scale. So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Entourage? Where you a fan of the show? Who is your favorite character? Mine is of course, Ari Gold.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Think Like a Man Too

The highly anticipated sequel, er, the anticipated sequel, er the sequel to 2012 smash hit, er hit, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too is here. Tim Story returns to the directors seat for the sequel, and brings back with him the entire cast, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, all return, along with new comers Gary Owen, La La Anthony, and special appearances by Dennis Haysbert, Carl Weathers, Floyd Mayweather and Kelsey Grammer.

The original film, Think like a Man, mad $96 Million on a modest $12 Million budget. That’s obvious grounds that a sequel would be on its way. As far as I am concerned, the film was very entertaining. Where the first film was definitely a lot more of a love story, whereas this go around the film is basically Kevin Harts movie. While Hart was a minor character in the first film, he takes the spotlight and rightfully so. I am a sucker for Kevin Hart, his jokes and comedy hit me just right so I might be bias. But Think like a Man Too benefits from the added screen time for Hart.

The original cast all returns and all have their own relationship issues to deal with. Maya (Good) and Zeke (Malco) struggle with Zeke’s past, while Dominic (Ealy) and Lauren (Henson) futures both look bright, yet would keep them apart. Jeremy (Ferrara) and Kristin (Union) now married are trying to have a child, but Jeremy has doubts about himself as a father. Then you have Candace (Hall) and Michael (Terrance J), wedding weekend, overbearing mother (Jennifer Lewis), as well as the Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. Meanwhile Cedric (Hart) is going through another divorce with Gail (Wendy Williams) and keeping the bachelor party rolling.

The film doesn’t really move the characters forward, but at the same time is a fun film. You enjoy watching the drama, and fun times these characters have. Plus any movie set in Vegas is always a blast to watch. On the surface the story is a little weak, but when fun starts up, and the antics get going you can almost just smile and enjoy it, even without the deep story. The performances are all ok, nothing acceptable, or something to be excited about, but everyone plays their part well. To be honest, I watch this film, and it makes me mad about the upcoming Fantastic Four Reboot. I love Meagan Good, and this film is no exception. I think she would’ve made a great Sue Storm, but that’s a topic for another time.

Over all the film is pretty fun to watch, and the story can keep you entertained. I gave Think like a Man Too a Jeebus Score of 3.6, with a bonus of .3 for Kevin Hart’s comedic performance, coming out to a 3.9, Check out the Matinee!