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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.

Director:

Sofia Coppola

Writers:

Sofia Coppola, Nancy Jo Sales (based on the Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore Louboutins" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Chang ... Rebecca
Israel Broussard ... Marc
Emma Watson ... Nicki
Claire Julien ... Chloe
Taissa Farmiga ... Sam
Georgia Rock ... Emily
Leslie Mann ... Laurie
Carlos Miranda ... Rob
Gavin Rossdale ... Ricky
Stacy Edwards ... Marc's Mom
G. Mac Brown G. Mac Brown ... Henry
Marc Coppola ... Mr. Hall - Marc's Dad
Janet Song ... Rebecca's Mom
Annie Fitzgerald ... Kate from Vanity Fair
Lorenzo Hunt Lorenzo Hunt ... Police Officer #1 (Nicki's)
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Storyline

Quiet teenager Marc Hall arrives as a new student at Indian Hills High School in Agoura Hills, California. He is befriended by fame-obsessed Rebecca Ahn. While at a party at Rebecca's house, the pair check unlocked vehicles on the street, taking valuables such as cash and credit cards. When Marc mentions that one of his wealthy acquaintances is out of town, Rebecca persuades him to join her in breaking into his house. Rebecca steals a handbag, mentioning that her idol, Lindsay Lohan, has the same one. She also steals cash and the keys to a Porsche, which the pair use to flee the scene. With the cash, the two go on a shopping spree, affording themselves the luxury lifestyle they admire in magazines. Marc visits a nightclub with Rebecca and her friends Nicki Moore, Nicki's adoptive sister Sam, and Chloe Tainer, where they rub shoulders with celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton. While researching Hilton on the Internet, Marc and Rebecca realize that she will be out of town....

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

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bling Ring See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the last film of Harris Savides, who died in October 2012, six months after the end of principal photography. When he became ill partway through shooting, Christopher Blauvelt was brought in to complete the film; the two share credit. See more »

Goofs

(Around 52 mins) The cameraman is vaguely reflected in one of the girls' sunglasses as the group walks down the sidewalk - before the scene where they return to rob Hilton's house a second time. See more »

Quotes

Marc: If I ever became not your friend anymore, would you rob me?
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Connections

Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Frame by Frame (2013) See more »

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Written by Azealia Banks and Jef Martens
Performed by Azealia Banks featuring Jef Martens (as Lazy Jay)
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Catty and empty itself
28 September 2013 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Yeah this is a dismal misfire. Worse it shows a new Coppola that I'll be avoiding in the future. I say this as someone who can get excited for a project like this, one that embraces youth without sugarcoating the folly and pretensions, that brings a genuine curiosity to a vibrant world—in short something like Spring Breakers that in the thuggish lifestyle finds room for reflection.

This is a superficial look at superficial people, and I mean superficial in what Coppola sees of them. For what it's worth she decided to delve into these lives, apparently inspired by real events. The real events are not a concern here, they are always a springboard for our cinematic journey. She decided to bring these people into focus for us to see, at least so far as she could see into them.

And what does she see? A flaky, rootless youth that has not worked to create its world, that emptily covets expensive trinkets and finds them by merely walking through the door and grabbing stuff. This isn't just about these four individuals who sneak into celebrities' homes, it is a broader look at instagram culture. Naturally.

What's worse is that Coppola has not found some inner space where souls feebly try to know each other and participate, how stealing fabrics can be a search for the identity of what to wrap around self. I'm not saying they should have been shown as troubled romantics. Looking at my youth I recognize a lot of superficial obsessions with unimportant things, it comes with being young and just throwing yourself at this or that current, but I also recognize that as inadvertent part of a larger floating sense of everything feeling doable and airy, which is the essence of youthfulness.

It's what Korine brings to Spring Breakers and feels transcendent, the free wandering of mind.

Coppola tries to show some of that, for instance in the scenes of partying where time ecstatically slows, but is constantly bogged down by the surly need to press on with their neuroses and vacant desires. She adopts a catty and empty look because in her eyes they are merely catty and empty people. There's too much judgement here and not enough intuitive understanding of subtler pulls.

In the future I expect her to be torn to shreds for this one film. How is it that her Marie Antoinette, obviously modeled after her own self, can be shown wistfully in spite of the sheltered privilege as a quietly suffering soul but not these girls? It's a worthless film and even manages to reduce everything else she's done.


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