Vinny Chase and the gang are back for more Hollywood high jinks in this film version of the HBO comedy series. Read our review

Blimey, this film got some hammering when it was released in the US. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a lot, but it's nowhere near the level of either Sex and The City films, both of which were dire. Entourage has its moments.

Released four years after the TV show ended, the film takes up the plot just a few weeks later. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), just split from his wife, is having a party on board a boat off the coast of Ibiza, and along come Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and his brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon) to try put a smile on his face.

If you're a fan of the show you shouldn't be disappointed as the film fits in neatly with the last season of Entourage. As ever, there's much to admire in the performance of Jeremy Piven, who returns as the comically aggressive agent, now studio head, Ari Gold.

The plot revolves around the financial problems faced by Vince as first-time directs a film, and gets himself on the wrong side of an investor and his son, played respectively by Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment.

Emmanuelle Chriqui is also back as Sloan, Eric’s on-again/off-again love interest, who's having his baby but not sharing his life. And Rex Lee makes an appearance or two as Ari's former assistant, Lloyd.

The one major drawback in the film is the constant appearance of well-known (and some not so well-known) faces; it's like Cameo Grand Central. Ari, for example, bumps into Liam Neeson in traffic and Kelsey Grammer outside the therapist's. The odd one, Thierry Henry's for example, is worthwhile, but mostly it's just personality Polyfilla.

Like last year's Veronica Mars movie, it's a must for admirers of the TV show. But as a film standing on its own merits, it rarely rises above the mediocre.

John Byrne