LIVING THE DREAM, ONE HEIST AT A TIME.
Following themes from her earlier films Marie Antoinette (2006) and Somewhere (2010), director Sofia Coppola was inspired by the 2008-2009 “Bling Ring” burglaries where Hollywood homes of the rich and famous, including Paris Hilton, were targeted by starstruck teenagers. While just as shallow in its depiction of emptiness in a world of celebrity idolatry as those movies, this one is more fun to watch thanks to a sense of humor, a very effective soundtrack and game performances by the young cast. Still, we’re not exactly encouraged to understand the mindset of these kids.
2013-U.S.-France. 90 min. Color. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Cast: Israel Broussard (Marc), Katie Chang (Rebecca), Emma Watson (Nicki), Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Georgia Rock… Leslie Mann. Cameos: Paris Hilton, Kirsten Dunst.
Trivia: Inspired by a Vanity Fair article. The story was also told in a TV movie, The Bling Ring (2011). Some of the scenes in this film were shot in Hilton’s actual home.