Published Jun 03, 2015Entourage is the story of an actor (Adrian Grenier), his rise to fame, the loud-mouthed and lewd manager (Jeremy Piven) that helped him get there and his buddies who came along for the ride (Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara). It's a fairly straightforward concept that resonated a lot with fans (it ran for eight full seasons before leaving the air in 2011 — and by fans, I mean bros).
It's vaguely associated with Mark Wahlberg, and it's probably the only show on television that will ever have its musical director praised for selecting a Jane's Addiction song as its opening theme, and using Led Zeppelin's "Going to California" in the final scene of a series where all of its main characters leave the Golden State on "a big jet plane" (get it?). It's all pretty obvious and vapid stuff.
Which brings us to 2015, and the release of Entourage (the movie). Whether you've seen every season, or, like me, the occasional episode while surfing Air Canada's In-flight Entertainment, the question that's bound to pop into your head at least one point while watching this film is: Why was this made?
The answer: money. Compared to other loved HBO series like The Sopranos, there weren't really any loose ends that still needed wrapping up after Entourage's end in 2011, and judging by the production value, there's no reason for this to not have just been a straight-to-home release, as Hello Ladies: The Movie was last fall.
Instead, Entourage the movie offers up one last slice (let's hope) of Vincent Chase and the gang, more celebrity cameos on a minute-to-minute basis than the recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and a bunch of shameful jokes about how skinny Turtle got (or, more appropriately, how fat he used to be). There's a story somewhere in there about Vince making an I, Frankenstein-meets-Rock & Rule-type picture that's as surprisingly good as his acting is bad, but it's all very inessential.
Entourage's movie adaptation falls somewhere between the plea Community once made for #sixseasonsandamovie and the creation of Sex and the City 2: it's neither something hardcore fans have looked forward to or dreamed about, nor a pure cash grab with no good content to back it up. Instead, it simply is. It's entertaining enough for fans of the boys and their ribaldry, making it neither a terrible movie nor a particularly good one.