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Entourage
June 29, 2015   
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Turning a popular, long-running television show into a feature-length movie is always a risky business. Television and cinema are governed by different rules and even the most popular sitcoms seldom make it to the big screen. With Entourage, directed by Doug Ellin, the producers took a leap of faith and made a movie that follows up on the story and characters from an eight-season show aired from 2004 to 2011. The TV series was highly popular with audiences, earning an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from users of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com). The movie has not fared quite so well, but its rating of 7.5 is still respectable.

The original series centered on several friends who wound up in Hollywood when one of them, Vince (Adrian Grenier—The Devil Wears Prada), unexpectedly became a movie star. In the Entourage movie, a new challenge awaits Vince as he is about to direct a movie that he also stars in. Entitled Hyde, the movie is a take on the literary classic Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the rookie director casts his buddy Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon—Platoon, The Doors) in a supporting role. With a $100 million budget, Hyde is an expensive project, but Vince still needs another $15 million from his Texan sponsors, a stern father played by Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon, The Judge) and his son (Haley Joel Osment—The Sixth Sense, A.I. Artificial Intelligence). Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven—Black Hawk Down), Vince’s long-term agent, is the middleman in the transaction.

The rest of the titular entourage are Eric (Kevin Connolly—The Notebook) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara—Lone Survivor). For the better part of the movie, we see them wandering around Hollywood, bumping into real-life movie stars such as Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Alba and Ronda Rousey, a mixed martial arts champion who has recently launched a career in film (The Expendables 3).

Don’t try to find any deeper meaning in Entourage or you will be sorely disappointed. The movie is little more than an assortment of a few good jokes and many more bad ones, most of which revolve around people’s sex lives. Get ready for gynecologists’ offices, delivery wards, breaking waters and STD jokes. Hefty doses of profanity only accentuate the movie’s utter lack of taste. All this boils down to a substandard adult comedy. But then again, this genre has been thriving in Hollywood ever since the Porky’s and American Pie movies, and there are no signs of this kind of pap going out of fashion any time soon.
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