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The Bling Ring

By CURTIS WOLOSCHUK
Sofia Coppola has spent much of her career enticing viewers to shed a tear for the poor little rich boys and girls of the world. With her fifth feature, she turns her attention to the sidelines, where scores of disaffected, raised-on-reality-TV teenagers yearn to catch the spotlight’s leering gaze and live the lives of leisure enjoyed by their entitled idols. The Bling Ring takes its name from the real-life cabal of Southern California acquaintances who made a habit of breaking, entering and burgling their favorite celebrities’ Beverly Hills homes. Coppola has crafted well-drawn analogs for the actual perpetrators: Cold-blooded Rebecca (Katie Chang) hatches the schemes while her insecure sidekick Marc (Israel Broussard) handles the particulars. Frequently along for the ride are Nicki (Emma Watson) and Sam (Taissa Farmiga)—home-schooled friends who subsist on Adderall and treat The Secret as scripture—and Chloe (Claire Julien), who wears the bruises from her latest DUI accident like a badge of honor. Coppola skillfully conveys a key cultural shift: the desire for fame supplanted by an appetite for infamy, and The Bling Ring is every bit as visually exquisite as her previous work. However, as if taking cues from its players’ well-honed apathy, the film is dramatically flat. Never displaying the interplay between the vibrant and the melancholic that made Lost in Translation and Somewhere so engaging, The Bling Ring invites you to admire it from a distance rather than immerse yourself in it. Ultimately, it’s a work very much of its time. Which is to say: readily disposable.
 
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime drama, Docudrama
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Some Sexual References, Teen Drug and Alcohol Use ]
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Israel Broussard [Marc], Katie Chang [Rebecca], Taissa Farmiga [Sam], Claire Julien [Chloe], Georgia Rock [Emily], Emma Watson [Nicki], Leslie Mann [Laurie], Gavin Rossdale [Ricky], Erin Daniels [Shannon], Halston Sage [Amanda], Stacy Edwards [Debbie], Nina Siemaszko [Vegas Detective]
  • Directed by: Sofia Coppola [Director], Sofia Coppola [Screenwriter], Sofia Coppola [Producer], Roman Coppola [Producer], Youree Henley [Producer], Michael Zakin [Executive Producer], Francis Coppola [Executive Producer], Fred Roos [Executive Producer], Paul Rassam [Executive Producer], Emilio Barroso [Executive Producer], Darlene Loquet [Executive Producer], Harris Savides [Cinematographer], Christopher Blauvelt [Cinematographer], Sarah Flack [Film Editor], Anne Ross [Production Design], Stacey Battat [Costume Designer], Sara Parks [Set Decoration], Lulu Stewart [Set Decoration]
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