Hollywood is full of raunchy business, and lots of money. A continuation of the HBO TV series of the same name, Entourage is directed by series creator Doug Ellin. It sees the return of the main characters of the show – Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly), Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), Johnny “Dram” Chase (Kevin Dillon), Sal “Turtle” Assante (Jerry Ferrara), Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Melissa Gold (Perrey Reeves), Lloyd Lee (Rex Lee) and Shauna Roberts (Debi Mazar).

For the uninitiated, Entourage would appear to be a satire of Hollywood, as it shows the unabashed state of the moviemaking business in California. As for me, I’ve heard of the TV series but have never seen an episode before this film. I must admit I wasn’t entirely impressed by the blatant explicit content and the nature of this film. So Entourage can be easily misconstrued as brazen.

Entourage centers on Vincent, a fictional actor who is in the midst of starring in another project in which, for the first time, he also serves as director. His former agent-turned-studio head, Ari, is in constant worry: Vincent keeps requesting for more money to finish the project, even after he’s been provided with a hundred million dollars, and investors refuse to inject more finances until they see a draft of the movie.

This dilemma results in much of the drama that occurs in Entourage, and, taken with a pinch of salt, could perhaps be what goes on between movie producers and investors in Hollywood. Touted as a comedy, Entourage is mostly filled with exaggerated acting and forced humour, with most of the comedic lines delivered by Drama, as he is so known.

Essentially depicting Hollywood at its best and worst, one thing is certain: movies are expensive to make. Entourage also features cameo appearances by many well-known figures as fictional characters of themselves, such as Liam Neeson, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffet, Mark Wahlberg, Jon Favreau, Pharrell Williams, George Takei, Mike Tyson, Ronda Rousey and Calvin Harris, among others.

As a TV series, it probably works. But as a standalone movie, it doesn’t quite make the cut. Nonetheless, for fans of the series, it’ll be a treat to see their favourite characters again, and on the big screen.

Entourage is now showing in theatres.

Directed by: Doug Ellin
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 104 minutes
Classification: R21 – Sexual Scene and Coarse Language
Rating: 2.5/5

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