Sofia Coppola gained praise from critics and audiences for her “Lost in Translation” ten years ago, but her films since have been mostly lackluster. Continuing not to earn many praises, “The Bling Ring” suffers from Coppola’s bland script despite its basis on some crazy actual events.
Marc (Israel Broussard) is new at school but is invited into a fashion-obsessed world by Rebecca (Katie Chang). Rebecca introduces Marc to her friends Nicki (Emma Watson), Chloe (Claire Julien), and Sam (Taissa Farmiga). The gang parties, does drugs, obsesses over celebrities, and is materialistic. Rebecca eventually leads Marc to trespass into Paris Hilton’s home and steal some of her jewelry and accessories when they find out online that she is out of town. Later, the duo brings along their friends as they “go shopping” at other celebrities’ homes.
Sofia Coppola unclearly makes her point; sometimes suggesting the stars deserve it for their own lax security and other times suggesting the teens are too obsessed with fame and materials, “The Bling Ring” has no protagonist. There is no one to root for or that inspires sympathy, making its subject either annoying or boring. Coppola portrays the youth without consciences and with insatiable obsessions for fast-paced lifestyles. They are privileged brats given no boundaries, so they take whatever they want and respect no rules. They represent a generation obsessed with reality TV and fame. Based on real events, “The Bling Ring” changes the names of those involved. Coppola does not dare to point a harsher finger; there is no meat to its text, no deep criticism, a shell of a social commentary.
What makes “The Bling Ring” unbearable is the mostly terrible acting. Leslie Mann perfectly plays the oblivious mother of Nicki and Emma Watson plays her part of the obtuse teen that doesn’t comprehend what she’s done wrong, but her accent constantly gets in the way of being a Californian. Israel Broussard and Katie Chang are basically the main characters, but their acting is so bad that you can even see Chang waiting for her turn to speak her lines.
“The Bling Ring” comes only three months after “Spring Breakers,” another film depicting a different group of wild, young criminals lacking morals. Neither film depicts this young generation in a positive light, giving independent films a negative perspective of the future and creating some insufferable movies while doing so.
Rating for “The Bling Ring:” C-
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“The Bling Ring” is currently only playing at four theaters in Columbus: Gateway, AMC Lennox and Easton, and Rave Polaris. For showtimes, click here.