The gang from HBO’s loveable series is back and finally on the big screen. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), with Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon) in tow, seeks to maintain his level of fame and fortune in the ruthless world of Hollywood by helming his debut feature for the studio headed by Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), his former agent. The show always found ingenious ways to tap into the show business world with sly cameos (present here: Ronda Rousey, Gary Busey, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski playing versions of themselves), so look for more of the same from writer-director Doug Ellin’s feature.
At the end of the day, though, Entourage is all about the wild adventures of Vince and the boys and the unwavering loyalty they share. Despite the fact that this crew is never as glamorous or as outsized as the ladies of Sex and the City (the other HBO series that earned a feature film adaptation), I for one am glad the boys (the most lively yet still useless being Johnny Drama) are back, even if all the movie amounts to is a largely needless extended episode. (R) Grade: B-