“Entourage,” Fun, But Lacks TV Charm

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The guys are all back as the hit series "Entourage" hits the big screen.

HOLLYWOOD—There is a slight problem with attempting to take something from the small screen to the big screen: it’ll always been seen as something from the small screen. For years, avid fans of the HBO hit “Entourage” have been dying to see those favorites return in grand fashion, well the wait is over.

“Entourage,” the movie, reunites Vince (Adrien Grenier), Ari (Jeremy Piven), Eric (Kevin Connolly), Johnny (Kevin Dillon) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara). These are characters that were so well shaped on the hit HBO series they are notorious with audiences. The slight problem with “Entourage” moving from the small screen to the big screen is not everyone watched the show.

For those who tuned into the series week after the week, it will be like picking up where the series left off. For those who weren’t always tuned into the tube, you might wonder precisely what is taking place here. The movie glimpses at that life of ‘Hollywood,’ but it begs the question of rather Hollywood can actually be captured in all of its essence, the good, the bad, the ugly and the real ugly.

This is a comedy, so of course that dark element is not prevalent here, but Piven’s ability to showcase Ari as more demanding, frantic and downright bold is a highpoint in the movie. Writer and director Doug Ellin never steps out of the box that is known as television to deliver a movie that far exceeds what fans for the TV series expect. Ari reunites the crew as he helms his first project with Vince as the star and the director of the piece.

This movie turned out to be a big party, with so many cameos, many unexpected that it may leave tails wagging for a few people. From a narrative standpoint, it’s a big party flick with outrageous moments along the way, not to mention a few tender moments as well. Personally speaking, the movie doesn’t evolve the characters beyond what we’ve seen on TV. Is there a midge of growth yes, but not something of grand proportion?

“Entourage” is a movie that could have pushed the envelope a bit further in the story department in an attempt to separate what many have come to expect of the characters. Here, that is not the case. We get the same thing that was a staple for viewers week after week, but with an additional 30-40 minutes. That is the problem. When you attempt to cram a slew of notable characters, with a bunch of new characters and a plot that is not quite fit for the big screen, it falters.

Simply put, those who loved the TV series will turn out in droves for the movie. Those who had never heard of “Entourage” might be a bit disinterested with what is seen on the big screen.