Doug Ellin did a masterful job with the TV show, something I enjoyed immensely, especially when it went after controversial subjects. The negative rap on this show was that it was “just about male bonding,” but I think the appeal ran deeper. Entourage represents the goal and ultimate fantasy of just about every American male: escape from a 9-to-5 wage-slave existence, not just the importance of passing through life as a unit, although that aspect is certainly crucial. Unlike most TV shows, Entourage treated intoxicating substances (and their value in some ceremonies) with great realism and provided an honest behind-the-scenes look at some of the wackier aspects of stardom. Obviously, Jeremy Piven stole the final episode. His sudden spiritual awakening and bolting from the office to return to his family amidst a heavenly aria was priceless! Adrian Grenier has always been fully believable as a Hollywood star who takes care of his high school buddies, but one of the best things about the show was that Vincent was seldom the focus. Kevin Dillon was always capable of stealing any scene– his character was always fall-out-of-your-chair funny. And Turtle made one of the best transformations on the show, from stoner slacker to millionaire entrepreneur.
Too bad the film was such a turkey.