Film review: The Bling Ring

Three of Sofia Coppola’s five films have been about teenagers. The Virgin Suicides, her début feature, was a poetic period drama about five enigmatic sisters who committed suicide; Marie Antoinette was another period drama but also an explosion of color and exuberance from beginning to end and featured a teenage queen being her own kind of rebel.

The Bling Ring is a mindless 90-minute film – that could have told its story in less than half the time – based on real events about bored teenagers who robbed celebrities, wore their clothes and posted photos of their stylish lifestyle on Facebook.

Even the premise doesn’t sound particularly enticing, and Coppola simply cannot make her own product appear less shallow than the frequent discussions about shoes and dresses in which the vapid characters engage.

This is a kind of Sex and the City, but whose protagonists are not yet allowed to drink, apparently have no sex drive and spend their evenings in the Hollywood Hills where they steal a few items from celebrities who live in excess (and don’t even notice the multiple burglaries) before getting coked out of their skulls.

Read the full review at The Prague Post.

(Still of Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang and Claire Julien in The Bling Ring. © 2013 – A24 Films)