THE BLING RING
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 16, 2013
Sofia Coppola makes a statement with “The Bling Ring” that brings to light our obsession with celebrities and the warped minds of some young people in Los Angeles who break into celebrity homes when they’re away and steal their high-end fashion and stashed money. Based on a true story, the film chronicles their descent as they steal more and more until finally getting caught. With little substance and a lazy eye for new and innovative ways to tell this story, the film falls a bit flat.
However, several sequences, including a long take of the robbery of Audriana Patridge’s home and unease on numerous occasions, help keep the film from dragging too much, even though the 90-minute run-time lags toward the end. With an excellent soundtrack to match the film’s tone and the over-the-top performances from Emma Watson and crew, “The Bling Ring” does stay hip and entertains for the most part, but never reaches much further than that.
June 21, 2013
“The Suspects Wore Louboutins”
by Nancy Jo Sales
(for teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references)