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Entourage (Season 7)
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07.28.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Actors:
Adrian Grenier
Kevin Connolly
Jeremy Piven

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Vince and the boys are back and at the top of their game as more than just Vince now have something to add to the table. But as good as that sounds, Vince takes a turn to the wilder side after being pressured into doing a death defying stunt on the set of his latest film, the results of which become very taxing for the group.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Let me start by saying I love ENTOURAGE, I've been a fan since day one and I'm very sad to see the boys enter their final season (which just started). I'm also happy to say that their seventh season was a homerun on all levels. It's been said (and understandably so) that the last couple seasons have been quite similar with Vince's life going up and down and the boys falling in behind him, but last season started seeing the rest of the crew try their own things and this season is all about stuff starting to happen for the rest of the crew. Add to that, Vince explores his darker side which yes, ends up being a self destructing pattern of insanity, but at the same time is something new for a change as Vince's character never really slid off the deep end until now.

Vince's edgier persona is cool to watch at first (I enjoyed him doing his own stunts as well as skydiving) but what I didn't enjoy was his entangled relationship with Sasha Grey. I have nothing against porn stars but I dated a stripper once and it was fun at first but complications arose much the same way for me as they did for Vince (she wanted me to come with for a show). I didn't freak out, go on a coke infused bender and get the shit kicked out of me (I just dumped her) but Vince's way was much more entertaining. I dug Johnny's arc with the cartoon series and thoroughly enjoyed his ping pong showdown with John Stamos (that, "it's gonna be a long day for Uncle Jesse," bit was hilarious).

The two most interesting story arcs were Turtle's and Ari's. I've been waiting for Turtle to have his day and was happy as hell to see him in action. The car gig was alright but going for the gold with the tequila company was awesome and he definitely rose to the occasion. Poor Ari. The guy's got such mad ambition as well as a heartfelt love for his family but sadly he's never able to juggle them both successfully. The football deal was a nice touch and the scandal that followed certainly believable. That said, I'd never want to see Ari change, his verbal assassinations are what puts the "Gold" in Ari Gold as far as I'm concerned, and even though his rant to Amanda Daniels was for nothing, it sure was one hell of a speech. Eric's settling down with Sloane was also satisfying as was his up and down relationship with fellow agent Scott Caan. I love Scott in this series and think this was a role made especially for him.

ENTOURAGE SEASON 7 was nothing but fun, despite having to wince in pain at some of the pitfalls that befoul our characters. This is a brilliant series, well written, superbly acted and heartfelt to the letter when it comes to friendship and loyalty. Sure, this is loosely based upon Mark Wahlberg's life but at this point it's safe to say they've embellished a bit. There are those who cast stones at this series but for me, it feels bang on. I have a tight group of friends like these guys do, five of us that all grew up together and have seen one another through thick and thin. If one of us were to become famous like Vince, I could easily see the same sort of things happen, after all, we all enjoy this show and have joked about exactly that since the first season. I've already watched the season eight premier and am sad to see this final season go out with only eight episodes. I'm overjoyed however, by the prospect of this series heading to the big screen next. Good luck fellas, I'm with you all the way.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are three commentaries with executive producer/creator Doug Ellin along with the boys and I'll be honest these babies are just as much fun as the episodes themselves and definitely worth your while if you're a hardcore fan like myself.

Inside the Hollywood Highlife: The boys all come together to push the fact that their lives this season are no longer on cruise control, this season is an all or nothing game changer for everyone. I personally loved the envelope pushing.

The Shades of Sasha Grey: Sasha breaks down a bit of her playbook for us and answers some of the many questions on our minds. I get what she's saying an all, but I'm still not impressed.

Previews: There are some TV series trailers along with recaps on all previous ENTOURAGE seasons.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This show isn't for everyone, but if I can be honest and say this is the guy's equivalent to SEX AND THE CITY, which was admittedly a decent show, then most people, fans or no, should be able to admit the same. I've had lots of laughs with the boys and hope to have lots more. I'm all for ENTOURAGE hitting theatres and spawning lots of sequels.
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