When a TV series tries to translate onto the big screen, two things can happen: it can fulfill exactly what we wanted the TV show to do and never did, or it can completely prove why the storylines were only meant for one hour a week. Unfortunately, the critics think the second may be pulling ahead for ‘Entourage.’
Original cast? Check. Hilarious cameos? Check. Amazing script? Well, that’s what the biggest question is when it comes to the movie adaptation of the 2004 HBO hit series, Entourage. Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrera and Kevin Dillon have been promoting their new movie, which hits theaters on June 3, and have been raving, even to HollywoodLife.com, about how excited they are. So here’s what the critics are saying.
The biggest stumbling block faced by TV series-turned-films is a tendency to go too big, taking characters that were appealing in small doses and overextending their allure. For Doug Ellin’s cineplex expansion of his HBO series “Entourage,” the writer-director finds a novel solution: Simply offer up an average episode, and inflate it to feature length with twice as many boobs and celebrity cameos as usual, to the point that the film might as well be called “Boobs and Famous People: The Movie.” Granted, “Entourage” was never exactly scared of boobs or gratuitous famous people when it was on TV, and the rest of the series’ strengths and weaknesses survive the theatrical transition intact. Sometimes funny, often dumb, with equal doses of inside-baseball references and broad bro-ish boorishness, “Entourage” will be loved by fans and despised by detractors, possibly for the same reasons.
By the time it reached the end of its HBO run in 2011, “Entourage” had grown staler than last night’s Axe body spray. The passing of a few more years has not improved the aroma. Watching the movie is like finding an ancient issue of a second-tier lad mag — not even Maxim, but Loaded or Nuts — in a friend’s guest bathroom. You wonder how it got there. You wonder how you got there.
Perhaps surprisingly, as a movie, Entourage, works without feeling as though they’ve just taken an episode of the series and extended it, a trap too many TV shows adapted for the big screen find themselves in. This is closer to a full season of the series, which may be why it succeeds. Even outside of the bad beginning moments, it isn’t perfect as there are other elements which also don’t work.
Still, the film Ari and Vince are trying to make isn’t half as asinine as the one they’re already in. So transparently just a bloated episode of the show that it blares the series’ theme song over the opening credits (brace yourself for the sick realization that it has a second verse), Entourage can’t muster enough conflict for a podcast, let alone a feature.
Are you heading to the theaters for Entourage?
— Emily Longeretta