This story is a shocking cautionary tale about over-medicated, fame-obsessed youth. I say shocking because in most heist movies, there’s a grand plan with a focused team who’s well rehearsed. Not in The Bling Ring. These nitwit teens do little in the way of masterminding and a lot in the way of embracing sheer audacious entitlement. Turns out that breaking into Lindsay Lohan’s home in the Hollywood Hills is pretty gosh-darn easy — she leaves the door open.
The movie focuses on four bat-brained bandits, Nicki (Emma Watson), Sam (Taissa Farmiga), Marc (Israel Broussard) and the ringleader, Rebecca (Katie Chang). Marc and Rebecca meet at an “alternative” high school (read: school for dropouts) in the West Valley, while Nicki and Sam are homeschooled by Nicki’s mom Laurie (Leslie Mann) on lessons garnered from the new-agey book The Secret.
It’s Rebecca’s idea to “go shopping” at Paris Hilton’s house when they easily discover the TMZ-er is out of town. They steal her clothing, jewelry and size 11 shoes, which seem to fit Marc perfectly, much to his delight. The obtuse outlaws quickly become addicted to their new lifestyle, hanging out in Paris Hilton’s personal nightclub room, drinking celeb alcohol, snorting celeb cocaine and dousing themselves in celeb perfume.
But does dressing, snorting, smelling and getting arrested like a celebrity make one a celebrity? Considering the teens had a reality show on E! and now a movie about their lives made by Oscar winner Sofia Coppola, yes, it does. Unfortunately.
Emma Watson, perhaps the actress who's most schooled in celebrity, deliciously delves into Nicki, giving her a spot-on Valley Girl dialect and daffy dreams of helping people or, as she puts it, “I could be running a country someday, for all I know.”
Coppola makes the point that in the minds of these young people, no crimes were committed. The teenagers were only emulating what they see on TV and the Internet because this is America and our Constitution guarantees us the right to be famous.
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