Why Your Expectations For 'Entourage' Were Too High To Begin With
Sunday nights in college were some of my favorite.
My buddies and I would meet up at the same apartment, bring beer and order food; we'd patiently await the familiar sound of Jane's Addiction's "Superhero" to come across the speakers and scenes of Hollywood Blvd to flash before our eyes.
The bright neon signs illuminated our eyes and imaginations. It was our weekly time to hang out with one another, shoot the sh*t and just unwind before starting a Monday.
Vince Chase and the guys weren't just TV characters, they were the fictional extension of our crew and we loved hanging out with them. "Entourage" was our favorite show and still is.
The rumors had been flying for quite some time that a script was being worked on, but we never got our hopes up.
If the show taught us anything about Hollywood, it's that one second a star's doing the movie, then not doing the movie, THEN DOING THE MOVIE, then the plug gets pulled.
It started to feel like a myth, like the cinematic version of Dr.Dre's Detox album, and we may never get to see it come to life.
But, alas, the deal was finalized and production started right away. We always knew Ari Gold and the boys wouldn't forsake us.
Most of us have been following its progress via social media since it was announced over a year ago, and the anticipation was as high as a pajama party at the Playboy Mansion.
Every heavy hitter of guy culture was making a cameo: billionaires, Super Bowl champions, rappers, models -- you name it.
The entire pantheon of male pop culture was set to make an appearance: Mark Cuban making moves; Gronk dancing on a party boat; the reigning queen of Instagram, Emily Ratajkowski, doing what she does, looking absolutely phenomenal.
Fast cars, expensive sh*t most of us can never afford with people we will probably never enjoy it with -- the grandiose frivolity of it all!
It's been shaping up to be the ultimate guy dream -- to hang out with your buddies, shoot the sh*t, get into mischief, hang out with beautiful women, chase your dreams and have fun together.
The movie came out yesterday and already there has been an onslaught of criticism from all corners of the Internet.
There's too much "bro-ing;" it's crude, over the top, not appealing to the "issues" of the time, "like a long episode just on the big screen."
Yep. People can't wait to descend from their perch on the digital moral high ground to dissect and politicize the fictional film.
But, let's be honest: None of us were surprised.
We live in a time where humor is going extinct, and people wake up excited to find their next headline to cling to and make their cause for the day.
The politically-correct pundits have had their eyes on this movie for just as long as we, the fans, have. But, not to unplug and enjoy a couple hours of humor and hijinks.
They've been excited to rip it to shreds as if it's meant to be some kind of Scorcese, Oscar-worthy, socially-conscious film instead of what it is: a fictional comedic guy trip down Hollywood Blvd with old friends.
It's like going into a Chipotle and getting outraged because there are four different kinds of salsa, fajita veggies, corn tortillas and a sh*t ton of guacamole.
What the f*ck did you think you were gonna find? I mean, c'mon.
This movie isn't meant to change your perspective on current issues, make you question the workings of time and space, or stir your deepest emotions.
It's meant for you to meet up with your friends, grab a few drinks, retell some of your favorite stories, sit back and enjoy some new memories with the boys from Queens, Ari Gold and just about every celebrity under the sun.
Enjoy it for what it is, and don't forget to hug it out after.