Friday, June 21 2013, 12:24 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Bling Ring
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Genre: Crime, Drama
Recommended To: Art house fanatics that share a mutual love for TMZ and Bret Easton Ellis’ bitter resentment/fascination towards excess and celebrity.
Synopsis: A group of well-to-do teenagers break into A-list celebrities’ homes to pad their wardrobes and egos.
Review: The Bling Ring is essentially the same 15-minute sequence repeated over and over again. Insufferable teens break into homes, gawk at the opulence that is celebrity, try on clothes, go to a party, get wasted and start the cycle all over again. They’re soulless, shallow and incredibly uninteresting characters robbing people with the same sort of qualities. It’s slightly less ambiguous that Spring Breakers in its criticism of modern society, but a far cry from director/writer Sofia Coppola’s early films like The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation.
-Ryan Michael Painter