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Film: The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola's fifth film. It stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, as well as newcomers Israel Broussard and Katie Chang.

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

It opened the "Un Certain Regard" section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: By their own admission.
    Nick Prugo: The character that Claire Julien plays, based on Courtney I believe — Claire did an amazing job and she's way hotter than [Courtney is] in real life.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Marc; he's remarkably knowledgable about women's fashion, refers to another (male) student as hot, and enjoys wearing Paris Hilton's heels at home.
    • The real man Marc is based on, Nick Prugo, is openly gay.
    • At one point, when referring to Rebecca, Marc says "I loved her...almost like a sister"
  • As Himself: Some celebrities show up as themselves, namely Paris Hilton, Kirsten Dunst and Lindsay Lohan.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Of a sort, the Bling Ring gets what they wanted all along, fame and media attention.
  • Brainless Beauty: Nicki is hilariously vapid. After asserting her baby sister is doing good works in a third world country (as an example of the morality of her family) she casually admits the name of said country had slipped her mind.
  • The Cameo: See above.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Chloe drives a car on drugs and crashes, immediately getting slammed with a DUI. Subverted when Rebecca does the same a few scenes later.
  • Car Porn: One oner focuses on a Porsche convertible folding its top.
  • Costume Porn: So many fancy clothes are worn in this movie.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted, with the exception of Emma Watson, who is in her early 20s, the actors playing the other members of the Bling Ring are in their teens (and Katie Chang was only 16 when the movie was shot.)
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Nicki is arrested she immediately starts screaming for her mother.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Mastermind: Rebecca
    • The Lookout: Chloe
    • The Right-Hand Man: Marc
    • The Wild Card: Sam
    • The Star: Nicki
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: All the girls, except maybe Rebecca qualify.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Sam and Nicki. Nicki's mother has essentially adopted Sam as another daughter.
  • How We Got Here: A variation. We see clips of Marc and Nicki speaking about the burglaries interspersed at the start. It's eventually revealed they're talking to a Vanity Fair journalist.
  • Karma Houdini: Sam manages to be the only one not caught.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Nicki served 30 days in county jail for her involvement, she shared a cell with Lohan. But hey, what did she expect when one of her victims is a regular lawbreaker herself?
  • Living in a Furniture Store: Justified since we're seeing the homes of rich celebrities. And ultra-justified with Paris Hilton's home since those scenes were shot on location.
  • Loveable Rogues
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nicki. Especially given the fact she's played by Emma Watson, working against type. A very brief scene in which she dances in a sexy fashion in a nightclub and licks her lips, taken from the trailer, was extensively screen-capped and made into anti-gifs in the months prior to the film's release. (However, see the next item.)
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The aforementioned clip of Emma Watson dancing suggestively implied far more than the movie actually delivered. Indeed, anyone expecting more dancing and lip-licking will discover that the trailer actually contains the entirety of that particular scene.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: invoked The burglaries do get the kids fame and fans. Nicki especially takes advantage of it.
  • The One Guy: Marc is this in the group of four girls. Also Orlando Bloom is the only male celebrity that gets robbed.
  • The Oner: There are several of them, including one showing why that Porsche is called a convertible and at least one complete burglary (specifically, a helicopter shot hovering almost in place above the house being burglarized).
  • Playing Against Type: Emma Watson as a vain, moronic sexpot (although up to this point is essentially one role).
    • Sofia Coppola doesn't go against type here, but rather just does the inverse of some of her other films. Whilst Marie Antoinette cannot cope with the attention she receives, and Bob Harris cannot cope having lost people's attention; the teenagers (especially Nicki), desperately want the attention and fame of celebrity.
  • Positive Discrimination: Inverted. Marc the only male in the group (aside from Chloe's boyfriend and the club owner) is the only one to show remorse for the burglaries. The four other girls are portrayed as greedy, vapid and manipulative.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Daniel Lopatin, better known as Oneohtrix Point Never, does the soundtrack.
  • Pretty in Mink: Quite a few furs are worn, including Nicki wearing a white rabbit fur vest.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Emma Watson's American accent was criticised by some. However it's a near spot-on imitation of Alexis Neiers's real voice, on whom her character is based.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Gender-flipped. Marc is only one of the three guys in the group who gets much substantial screen time.
  • Villain Protagonists
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