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Entourage

Entourage

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Jun 03, 2015
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
104 minutes

Films based on television shows tend to struggle when it comes to adapting the source material for the silver screen. Oftentimes they feel like an extended episode that has been drawn out too thin, failing to live up to their shorter and more concise TV counterpart. HBO’s Entourage lasted eight seasons on TV, and while the idea of a film was in the works since before the series ended in 2011, delays and other issues would plague its production for years. Now that the film is finally here, one can’t help but wonder if its window of opportunity passed long ago.

 

Entourage plays out very much like the show, following Hollywood actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his group of friends along with his former agent now studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) as they struggle to get Vince’s directorial debut finished. Already over budget, Vince’s modern retelling of Jekyll and Hyde will either propel them all further into stardom or destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

 

While I’m familiar with the series, I’ve never actually watched the show. Non-fans such as myself will have no trouble following what’s going on in the film. The beginning does a good job at giving a brief recap of what’s going on and who these people are in the form of a Piers Morgan interview segment to bring people back up to speed. From there, it’s essentially a male version of Sex and the City; a group of friends living a lavish Hollywood lifestyle filled with booze and sex. Oh, and there’s also a movie being made in the time between all the partying.

 

Entourage mimics the fast-paced momentum of Hollywood. Everyone in Vince’s entourage has their own distinct personality. There’s his washed up brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon) who’s hoping his role in Vince’s film will be his big break. There’s his driver Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) who acts as the group’s comic relief character that nobody takes seriously. They’re all held together by Eric (Kevin Connolly), the film’s producer and the most sane one in the group, although that’s still putting it lightly.

 

Like the show, there are plenty of celebrity cameos as well. They’re actually my favorite aspect of the film. Ronda Rousey, Jon Favreau, Kelsey Grammer, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bob Saget are just a few. Oftentimes they’re grandiose caricatures of themselves. Some celebrities, like Ronda and her fling with Turtle, feel more like supporting roles than cameos, while others have maybe a few seconds of screen time. Half the fun of the film is not knowing who is going to pop up next.

 

Even though Entourage might be a little late in closing out the television series’ storyline, it’s still better late than never. For me, it actually made me want to go back and see what I missed out on with the show. For fans, I’m sure it’s great to finally revisit their favorite characters and their Hollywood lifestyle one last time.

Matt Rodriguez
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