Entourage Movie Review
When HBO’s bro-fest comedy "Entourage" ended in 2011 after eight entertaining seasons, Vince was off to enjoy a whirlwind marriage, Ari had resigned, choosing his family over his career for a change, and E was apparently set up for reconciliation with Sloan. It was the sunset ending a series that lived and breathed Hollywood deserved.
So, to call a big-screen continuation of the series unnecessary would be an understatement. Why exactly did Vince, E, Turtle and Drama need to return?
The movie makes the answer to these question obvious: why the fuck not?
Entourage the movie was clearly assembled because the filmmakers had at their disposal a cast that hasn’t done a whole lot in the last few years, a seemingly endless supply of favors to draw in cameos ranging from Warren Buffet to Russell Wilson, and… well, that’s about it.
Entourage plays like one extra-long episode, following the same formula it used over and over again: superstar actor Vince makes an outrageous demand, setting into motion a series of events that sends Ari through the roof—all while the gang deals with their own issues. It’s a formula that worked for the show, and it works for the movie.
Of course, you’ll probably only like the movie if you liked the television show. Director and showrunner Doug Ellin assumes as much; aside from a one-minute explanation of who the main characters are, he drops supporting characters into the story with the expectation that you already know who they are and care about them in some way or another. The movie is just as funny as the show, thankfully, but you’d have to understand the character dynamics and relationships to truly appreciate the story.
On a side note, Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) does a great job as the film’s villain.
The show was funny and entertaining, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone to call it a significant piece of television. The same can be said about the movie. Entourage is not a profound movie, and in some ways it’s lazy making, but who the fuck cares? It’s funny, it’s entertaining, and it rides in style.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.