Friday, June 21, 2013

The Bling Ring

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola follows up her 2010 snoozer 'Somewhere' with a dark comedy based on the true story of the "Hollywood Hills Burglars", a group of over-privileged teens who repeatedly broke into and robbed the homes of an assortment of Hollywood tabloid celebrities.  And it's hard to know who to hate most in this pseudo-satire that made my blood boil.  The victims, including Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox, and Lindsay Lohan, clearly have way too much spending money (despite their collective lack of talent and hard work) and hoarded a disgusting amount of clothes and jewelry.  (Is it really a tragedy that they were robbed of some of it?)  The parents of these ne'er do-wells were portrayed as 50% clueless and 50% poor role models, and I have no doubt this is quite accurate.  But, of course, it is the reprehensible, entitled teens themselves (one of whom is played by Emma Watson) that did the crimes, and therefore it is they who win the award as the most repugnant characters I've seen on screen all year.  Congrats.

As for the film itself, it accomplishes what it tries to do.  It is a well made portrait of really terrible people doing terrible things.  It's a reasonably smooth watch with a short run time, but it doesn't really satisfy.  It just kind of made me angry.  Though, it's probably slightly better than the similar themed 'Spring Breakers', and it's light years better than brother Roman's mess, 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III'.  Coppola Scorecard for 2013:  Sophia 1.  Roman 0.

Grade: B-

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