Friday, October 25, 2013


The Bling Ring

Israel Broussard, Katie Chang


June 14, 2013

Sofia Coppola


1 hour 31 minutes



Almost every teenager in their lives, regardless of their age, gender, or ethnicity, has wanted to live the life of their celebrity idol.  In Sofia Coppola's telling of the true story of the "Hollywood Burglars," "The Bling Ring," the five teens in this movie took things to the extreme and decided to break into celebrities' houses and stole their valuables in order to emulate the life of a star.  If you know the overall outcome of what happened to these teens, then you can get why it's not such a good thing to steal things and pretend to be a celebrity.  Unlike films like "Pain & Gain" and "Jobs," where the main characters are just jerks and unlikable for no reason, "The Bling Ring" makes them somewhat relatable because every kid and teen wants to be like a celebrity.  The main character Mark, played by up and comer Israel Broussard, is the weight that tries to hold down the craziness and criminal sides of the other four main characters, played by Katie Chang, Emma Watson, Tassia Farmiga, and Claire Pfister.

This is a movie that people between the ages of 14 and 27 will really enjoy, not just for the relatable factor, but also because it features some great modern music, an interesting story, and some crazy but fun performances from the five leads.  The movie doesn't even take itself seriously, and in a way is aware of how crazy these characters and this story is.  Hell, the movie ends with Emma Watson's character looking straight at the camera and promoting a website of hers to "find out the truth."  Not only was that just odd in general, but I personally started laughing as soon as that scene went to black and the credits began rolling.  If you can enjoy a self aware, absurd, yet insanely entertaining movie based on true events, then "The Bling Ring" is the film for you.  "The Bling Ring" might have unlikable characters and be a bit slow at times, but as a whole it is a wacky, over-exaggerated, and fun little movie that features great performances, a good story, and a charm to it that makes us like these crude characters for the same reason audiences enjoyed Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network."

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