Director: Doug Ellin
Cast: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara
A still from 'Entourage'. Pic/YouTube
‘Entourage’ became a runaway success on the television a few years ago thanks to its awkward brand of comedy, which delivered off-kilter jokes rather than the usual sitcom-style humour seen on majority channels. Few TV shows have successfully transitioned into movies, and it’s a big deal that ‘Entourage’ made it to the silver screen, and fans sure as hell have been waiting for the movie for a long time. The results, however, are not very good.
The original cast is all back. Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven make a welcome return, but as seen in hundreds of cases every year, a strong cast is not enough to power a movie. The cast in this case isn’t even strong, because these are names not synonymous with mainstream moviegoers – apart from Piven, only fans of the shows would know who these people are. The film takes place sometime after the series finale – one of the boys has ended his marriage after nine days and wants to direct a film. His movie turns out to be over budget, and another one of the boys begs more money from the oil baron producing the film. The baron’s son descends to LA to see the completed footage of the film before leaking them the dough. Naturally, things don’t go as planned.
The thing with the ‘Entourage’ movie is none of the characters stand out, and for someone who isn’t a fan of the show will find it difficult to understand why the people in the show were adored. That’s because almost every character in the movie is a reprehensible goof, either making a sexist joke or doing something more damnable – without an iota of charm. The only thing that changes throughout the film’s runtime is the degree of the stereotypical nature of the jokes and their crassness. There is little effort in doling out an interesting story, and the film feels like a rejected episode from the series. The overbearing crassness of the jokes needed someone like Seth Rogen to pull them off, none of the folks in the movie have the charm to shock you into laughter.
The film tries to compensate for its lack of a good story by throwing in a celebrity cameo every minute, but by the time the hundredth celebrity arrives to mouth a line or two, you’re already left bored by the excess of un-funniness, extravagant sets and sexist humour.
Watch the trailer of 'Entourage'