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. He also never hits on any of the girls, and claims he loved Rebecca "like a sister". The man he was based on, Nic Prugo, is openly gay.
  • 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.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Nicki's mother Laurie, who homeschools the girls based on lessons from The Secret.
  • 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.
  • But Not Too Black: Katie Chang has a quarter of Asian ancestry, in contrast to Rachel Lee who is half-Asian.
  • 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.
    • Subverted with the stealing: they rob celebrities for almost a year without getting caught, even robbing the same houses again and again. And Rebecca never gets caught for stealing money from non-famous people's houses and cars.
  • Car Porn: One oner focuses on a Porsche convertible folding its top.
  • Costume Porn: So many fancy clothes are worn in this movie.
  • 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
  • Flat Character: Rebecca is the Lindsay Lohan fan, Marc is the Ambiguously Gay Token Good Teammate and Nicki is The Ditz. There isn't that much more depth to them.
  • 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.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Marc is shown to be the most moral of the thieves, but the film leaves out the fact that his real life counterpart stole money from his parents to feed his drug addiction.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Nicki is portrayed as a vapid ditz who gleefully takes part in all the burglaries. Alexis Neiers claimed she was drunk the first time she went along with the others, not knowing what was going on. She later slammed the film for its inaccuracies, though of course the truth of her statements is up for debate.
  • 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?
  • Lethally Stupid: Sam cavalierly brandishes a loaded gun in Marc's face, clearly enjoying how just scared he becomes.
  • Lighter and Softer: Alexis Neiers's relationship with her mother was far rockier in real life that the movie depicts; she was kicked out of the house for doing drugs and had to stay in Nic Prugo's house. The film shows Nicki's mother as blissfully ignorant of her daughter's bad behaviour.
  • 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: Marc probably fits this the most, since he just wants to hang out with the girls and views the burglaries as bonding activities.
  • 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.)
    • Pretty much every girl in the group counts since they all dress up provocatively and is shown either in their underwear or changing.
  • Mundane Solution: They manage to break into Paris Hilton's house by checking under her mat and finding the key there.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Race Lift: One of the thieves was a Mexican immigrant called Diana Tamayo. Her counterpart in the film appears to be a white girl called Sam.
  • 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.
    • Not only did Paris Hilton actually leave the key under her mat, she left the door unlocked as well!
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Nicki has no problem in stripping down to underwear around others and she pulls open her jacket zipper to show some cleavage when a delivery man comes in
  • Villain Protagonists: The protagonists are the thieves.