The Bling Ring: Bling is the thing

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJune 20, 2013 

Driven by the paparazzi, some beautiful people have become famous just for being famous. The most famous of the famous is Paris Hilton. She has no talent to speak of, but Paris always looks fabulous. Her bling is the thing.

The Bling Ring is based on the true story of a group of teenagers that burgled the homes of Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and other celebrities between 2008 and 2009 and stole designer clothes, jewelry and money.

Bling was their thing too.

The Bling Ring is a mercifully short flick done by Sophia Coppola (Lost in Translation) who wrote it with Nancy Jo Sales, and it is based on her Vanity Fair article. Other than Emma Watson and Leslie Mann, the cast is largely unknown. All are very good, as is Coppola's movie.

To some, bling is more important than anything. What you wear and how you accessorize matters more than who you are. Expensive things rule. The lifestyle includes drugs, alcohol and sex. All exploits are ego-centered and chronicled via video and photos shot with phones and other mobile devices.

Adults living and admiring this empty life is puzzling. Empty kids lacking moral compass that are sucked into that world is tragic. It's a picture perfectly painted in Coppola's excellent film.

Director: Sophia Coppola

Stars: Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated R for language, drugs, mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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