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'Entourage' Movie: Will Vinnie Chase and the Boys Finally Grow Up?

by Chris Jordan, posted Dec 9th 2010 1:00PM
Entourage'Entourage of a Certain Age,' anyone?

According to executive producer Mark Wahlberg, if the HBO comedy movies to the big screen, it would follow movie star Vincent Chase and his friends as they get older ... and perhaps even wiser.

Wahlberg, while promoting his new movie 'The Fighter,' told Entertainment Weekly, "There are places to go. I'm still here all these years later, aren't I? My story didn't end in my 20s."

The show still has one season left to air, so a big-screen version wouldn't happen until after the summer 2011 season. And while the possibility of a movie exists, "we won't make it if we don't have a good script," Wahlberg said.

But does anyone want to see middle-aged versions of Eric (Kevin Connolly), Vince (Adrian Grenier), Drama (Kevin Dillon), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara)? (And an Ari (Jeremy Pivan) past his prime?)

'Entourage' has served as a snarky commentary on the self-indulgence of the American male in the 2000s. But as Wahlberg suggested, the proposed movie might follow the guys as they age into their 30s and beyond (Drama might end up like Scott Bakula's character on TNT's 'Men of a Certain Age').

Yet, what's funny, entertaining and sometimes poignant about the characters is their youthful resiliency when it comes to the roadblocks life gives them. Turtle always bounces back when love throws him a left hook. Drama takes the slings and arrows of life as a struggling actor in Hollywood with resolve.

The story becomes very different if the guys are older. A single Turtle, still chasing his fortunes, in his 30s and 40s -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- wouldn't be pretty picture. A conceited Drama still bouncing around from one casting call to another will be downright sad. Not to say these aren't compelling stories, but it's not the 'Entourage' loyal fans have come to love.

It's because of the shiny things that we watch 'Entourage.' The cars, the bodies, the glamour and the glitz are eye candy snacks on a comfortable Sunday night. Not to say it's totally dumbed-down entertainment. The episode with Drama and John Stamos' game of table tennis sublimely satirized yet another hipster trend. The sharp writing and of-the-moment on pop cultural references weren't as good this year, but they're still there.

'Entourage' also works as a series because it sends up the movie and entertainment industry from the safe confines of cable TV. A movie about a movie star shooting scenes of a movie? It might just all be too meta. A movie, in all likelihood, will reach for a bigger statement. If so, much of the immediacy and charm of 'Entourage' will be lost.

Let's keep this moment forever and pass on the movie.

Should there be a movie version of ‘Entourage’?
Yes, life goes on past your 20s.73 (61.9%)
No, been there and done that.45 (38.1%)

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