The Bling Ring


Sofia Coppola’s funny/disturbing pop culture comedy The Bling Ring, based on true events, expertly captures a moment when the lines separating anonymity, fame and notoriety are finer, and more ludicrous, than ever.

“Coppola’s uproarious and bitingly timely film feels every inch a necessary artwork.” – Robbie Collin, Telegraph

In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of entitled teenagers embark on a reckless and troubling crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. This real-life group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than three million dollars’ worth of luxury goods from their homes, justifying their actions based on the fame of their victims, who included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan. Once their crimes were discovered, the unrepentant gang quickly became the center of a sensational media frenzy. Dubbed “The Bling Ring” by the press, the teens, thanks to their criminal activity, ironically gained the fleeting taste of recognition and validation they had always craved. In The Bling Ring, writer/director Coppola offers up a deliciously ambivalent look at the warped values of a fame-hungry culture, taking us inside the world of these bling-loving teens (led by a hilariously self-absorbed Emma Watson), a world driven by youthful naiveté, self-absorption and luxury brand obsession, revealing an ultimately sobering view of our fractured modern society. (Dir. by Sofia Coppola, 2013, USA, 90 mins., Rated R)