The Bling Ring
Starring: Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale, Carlos Miranda
Written & Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Run Time:90 mins
Genre: Crime/ Drama
Opens June 21st
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Based on actual events, Writer/ Director Sofia Coppola recounts the crimes of what the media dubbed "The Bling Ring", a group of teenagers who robbed celebrities homes in the Hollywood Hills.
Bordering on the cusp of exploitive and edgy, Coppola tries to keep a middle-of-the-road approach to her storytelling by showing the rise and fall of the celeb-obsessed, drug-fueled teenagers. Using the power of the interwebs and sneaking into celebrity homes for sport, the group of teens walked away with thousands of dollars in cash, clothes, jewelry and shoes from the like of Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge, Orland Bloom and Lindsay Lohan.
What was so interesting to watch was the transformation of Emma Watson, who played Nikki, the aspiring model/ actress, turning from Hogwart's smart sweetheart to this ruthless, two-faced, ditsy crook who didn't have much remorse for her actions. The rest of the cast rounded out by Katie Chang (Rebecca), Israel Broussard (Marc), Claire Julien (Chloe), and Taissa Farmiga (Sam) showcase the darker side of the teenage years quite well, capturing the essence of L.A.'s club scene. There are a few good lessons to be learned from this film as don't leave valuables in cars, lock all doors and windows and get a well hidden safe. Let's just hope that this film doesn't reignite an interest in Paris Hilton's career. Check out "the Bling Ring" when it opens in theaters starting Friday June 21, 2013