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|THE BLING RING (director/writer: Sofia Coppola; screenwriter: based on the 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore Louboutins" by Nancy Jo Sales; cinematographers: Harris Savides/Christopher Blauvelt; editor: Sarah Flack; music: Bran Reitzell; cast: Emma Watson (Nicki), Leslie Mann (Laurie), Israel Broussard (Marc), Katie Chang (Rebecca Ahn), Taissa Farmiga (Sam), Claire Julien (Chloe), Georgia Rock (Emily), Gavin Rossdale (Ricky); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Roman Coppola/Sofia Coppola/Youree Henley; A24; 2013)|
|"The pointless pic,
lacking any sense of humanity, left me confused
about what the director was trying to say about the
social deviants featured."
by Dennis Schwartz
Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation"/"The
Antoinette") bases this breezy and
unaffecting look at a group of affluent materialistic LA
teens who are impressionable, obnoxious and
empty-headed about celebrity, the rich and famous,
parties, clubbing and trendy fashions. It's based on actual events and taken
from the 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore
Louboutins" by Nancy Jo Sales. Though the
Harris Savides' photography is elegant and the pic is
funny in a jerky sort of way and the filmmaker aptly
captures the blankness of her subjects and their
sterile environment, the pic still stalls out and
becomes too jejune by not offering any counter
reactions from the director to the teens who steal
from celebrities to wear their clothes and imitate the
stars of the YouTube generation without caring about
their talent. It's also weak that the filmmaker
proposes nothing satirical about such a bad trip. The
pointless pic, lacking any sense of humanity, left me
confused about what the director was trying to say
about the social deviants featured.
It offers one scene after
another of the group led by the assured obsessive petty
thief Rebecca (Katie
Chang) and her
new to San Fernando Valley insecure guilt-stricken gay
high school student friend Marc (Israel Broussard), who uses
the Internet to get celebrity addresses and info on
when they're not home so the group can break into the
palatial houses of celebs like Paris Hilton, Lindsay
Lohan and Megan Fox and steal wads of bills and a few
items of their massive collections of bling (Louboutin shoes, a Birkin bag, Alexander
McQueen sunglasses, and a Balmain dress). Other house-breaking
group members include the vapid Nicki (Emma Watson), the shallow Sam
Farmiga), the free-spirited amoral Chloe (Claire Julien) and self- absorbed Emily (Georgia Rock).
Leslie Mann plays the
ridiculous New Age mom of Nicki and her youngest
daughter Emily. The animated mom is clueless in
dishing out continuous self-help solutions to the
naughty girls she home teaches, her two
daughters and their best friend Sam.
The pic easily rolls along as a cutesy heist film, and never gets around to letting us get into the heads (albeit empty heads) of our unlikable protagonists and their foul deeds they were eventually punished for. I found it to be a cold, contemptuous and trite pic, one that offers repeated shots of these spoiled teens posing for their cell phones to get photos of themselves sporting celebrity bling that's posted on social media sites.
REVIEWED ON 7/13/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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