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There’s a moment early on in ‘Entourage‘ in which Turtle (a slimmed down Jerry Ferrara) is giving a tour of his home to his crush and UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

The home – which evidently is located next to that of Steven Spielberg – came furnished, Turtle explains, which gives it a “lived-in” quality.

It’s a fair metaphor for the Entourage movie, which – admirably — sticks to the formula that made it a success on the small screen. The film adaptation arrives in theaters on Wednesday four years after the corresponding HBO series signed off in 2011. Like real estate, it’s walls are already painted and the decor is fully installed, but that also means there’s little motivation to freshen up the place.

After a brief scene of exposition to orient new audience members – courtesy of a Piers Morgan interview with the central cast — it’s off to the races, as Vince (Adrian Grenier) and his titular entourage work with agent-turned-studio-head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) to salvage Vince’s directorial debut.

That film, a dystopian fantasy twist on the Jekyll and Hyde tale, serves as the central MacGuffin for Entourage, as Ari has invested his political capitol as a new studio head in letting Vince behind the camera of a major tentpole film. Problem is, the film is over budget and in need of a final funding boost, which can only be secured with the blessing of the Texas co-financiers played by Billy Bob Thornton and his son, a deliciously off-putting Haley Joel Osment (watch for a well-placed Forrest Gump reference).

But the rest of the gang have pickles, albeit low-stakes ones, of their own: Vince’s manager/best friend Eric “E” Murphy is flailing since splitting up with his pregnant girlfriend; Drama is banking on a supporting role in little brother Vince’s movie to be his big break; and Turtle is attempting to woo the aforementioned Rousey.

It’s an uncomplicated (read: light) plot buttressed by the banter, tangents and celebrity cameos that serve as fan service to HBO devotees and icing to newcomers. For two hours, the film bounces around Los Angeles, offering a glimpse at the bizarre and anxiety-prone goings on of show business and the pomp and circumstance of the upper crust.

Longtime fans will likely welcome the return of the characters, and the uninitiated need not worry about being lost at the party. It’s a breezy, comfortable, entertaining film, but in its journey to the big screen Entourage also falls just shy of being cinematic.

Grade: B

*Entourage opens nationwide on Wednesday, June 3.

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