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The Bling Ring (2013)

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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

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Kate from Vanity Fair
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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

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If you can't be famous, be infamous. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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21 June 2013 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$212,537, 16 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,841,046, 6 September 2013
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Sofia Coppola's third film to feature pole dancing. See more »

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(at around 1h 10 mins) Nicki refers to her younger sister Emily, as "Gabby". The names of all the participants in the Bling Ring were changed for the film, but Gabby Neiers is the real person the character of Emily was based upon. See more »

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Laurie: Girls, time for your Adderall!
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Hollywood At It's Most Clichéd
24 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Watching a News Video of the actual Burglaries was what made me curious about how Hollywood would take these incidents and turn them into a movie, which turned out to be a cinematic abortion.

First of all, one might argue, whether the story by it's self was actually Motion Picture material, or not. Sure thing, it's amusing to hear about spoilt teenagers ruining their futures by doing what the average mannered kid from Oklahoma probably wouldn't. But honestly, I had expected "Titanic 2" before a second adaption of this L.A. scandal.

The plot awakens interest at first, but kills it in a short matter of time, since it is repeating it's self every 10 minutes. In between the burglaries there is no suspense curve, no rise of audacity, no exceptionally dangerous situations. All you see is a bunch of kids walking into unlocked houses, being exited about precious clothing and jewelry, packing their bags with them and bragging about it on the parties afterwards. This happens about 6 times...

Between the scenes there is absolutely no flow, no relation and no building up for something. Just an amount of sequences, that are supposed to get the Viewer to know the characters better. Without success though. Everything that shines through, is the unquestioned obsession the kids have in Hollywood's Life of Glamour. (And their lack of interest in intellectual activities) The scenes, in which the kids are not robbing someones house, are filled with boring and bold smalltalk and unbelievably bad performances by both, the kids and their parents.

A plus, though, to the producer who managed to find semi- to attractive actresses, even though very few of them had successfully taken acting classes. But anyhow, they were set in the wrong places; occasionally, the Asian girl is the one who resembles most to Alexis Neiers, which led me into confusion.

The most disturbing performance was the one by Emma Watson. You could actually see and feel her pain, trying to bear down her British accent, and sound naturally American. At least they managed to make her look like she was 17 or something. I was quite surprised when I found out, there was an age difference of six years between her and the leading actress. Right after Emma, there comes her adoptive mother, who acts like she just returned from Woodstock.

However, there were exactly two scenes that deserve my approval: - The one with the steady camera in the big windowed house, which I found quite original - The one where the blonde girl's family is having breakfast and the sound of the police siren is coming closer.

Sofia Coppola's intentions probably were to make the dialogues sound as natural as possible, which actually worked in some of the scenes that involved the media and the parties. Unfortunately, this concept can not be extracted over the whole screenplay. That's what separates the the Movies from the Documentaries. Coppola should take this failure as a learning lesson for future Movies to come. Maybe she should ask her Father for advice sometimes...


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