Does Entourage, the TV show loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s life, translate well to the big screen after being a successful show for HBO? No, it does not. Apart from the absurd number of cameos, Entourage cannot stand out from the show, making it as un-cinematic as it can get.
Why do I think so? The movie starts with lengthy, slick and smoothly edited credits, which are the high mark of the entire 105 minutes. They promise a film with an energetic, exciting and fresh feel to it. Unfortunately, this is as far from the truth as possible. If this does not say enough about Entourage, read on.
Changing the aspect ratio does not necessarily mean you are making a film. You are still making a TV, just with a different frame. In order for it to be a film, you need at least a plausible plot. No such thing exists here. This is a pointless, directionless and painful to watch wet dream of how the movie industry works. No studio executive will give you $100 million and then not check out the daily footage. Yet, this is just one of the many wrong depictions of how Hollywood works.
Entourage has a plot that feels put together after hiring famous actors for cameos. It’s true, we get glimpses of Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett, T.I., Andrew Dice Clay to name a few. The movie begins with a party in Ibiza with Vince and his buddies because he has gotten his marriage annulled after just south of ten days. They talk to Arri, the now studio head who is the best character between them with only Eric getting close to being interesting and relatable. Vince has directed a film — although he has no idea how to — and he needs some more money in order to add the finishing touches. From there, Arri has to go and beg for more money in Texas from the investor, who insists that his son will go with Arri in L.A. to see how the film is going. However, Vince is reluctant to show the movie before it is fully finished and the far-fetched thing is that a studio head would agree. Vince organises a screening at Turtle’s house. From there he cancels the screening and later ends up giving Arri a DVD. From then on the movie gets duller.
The supporting characters are allowed to have a bit more of storyline and space to breathe. Eric, for example, ends up in an interesting situation after banging a couple of chicks in one day. Jerry Ferrara’s Turtle gets into some interesting relationship with Ronda Rousey, though she’s so underused. There is an overly dramatic moment when we find out why the Texas spoiled child will not give Arri the money.
On the whole, Entourage is not a film worth your while at the cinema, but it is one of those films you could rent on iTunes if it gets to .99 cents. It is a movie you could enjoy if there is nothing on TV but it. Though there it will indistinguishable from the TV show.
Rent at 99c. or watch on TV
Director – Doug Ellin
Starring – Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara
Rated – R
Run Time – 105 minutes