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Trivia / The Bling Ring

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  • Billing Displacement: Katie Chang is billed before Israel Broussard, despite Marc being more prominent than Rebecca.
  • 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).
  • Disowned Adaptation: Alexis Neiers slammed the film for inaccuracies.
  • Dueling Movies: This movie had the unfortunate of being released at the same time with Spring Breakers, another movie that shows moral decays of teenage girls. The latter did better critically. Both were also released by A24 Films.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Sofia Coppola got the actors playing the teens to fake burgle a house before filming and see what mistakes they would make.
    • Emma Watson listened to Britney Spears's "Femme Fatale" album over and over to get into the mindset for her character.
    • Israel Broussard watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Fashion Police to get into character.
  • Fake American: Emma Watson as Nicki.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Emma Watson at the height of her fame as the female lead of the Harry Potter film series, playing a girl who desperately wants fame and recognition.
  • One-Book Author: Claire Julien who plays Chloe has just one short and a tiny part in The Dark Knight Rises to her resume aside from this, and has not acted since.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Emma Watson of course is primarily known for the Brainy Brunette Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. But her other roles - Ballet Shoes, Noah and The Perks of Being a Wallflower - had her as good-natured Woobies in some way. Here she plays a vapid ditz who steals, smokes and drinks.
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    • 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Emma Watson was a big fan of director Sofia Coppola.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Kirsten Dunst made an unplanned visit to the set to say hi to Sofia Coppola. Thus she was given an unscripted cameo.
    • The scene where Marc dances in front of the webcam only came about because Sofia Coppola found a video of Nic Prugo doing the same.
  • What Could Have Been: Sofia Coppola considered cutting The Oner of the burglary in the glass house. She was persuaded to keep it in, and it became the most celebrated shot of the film.
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  • Write What You Know: Marc's status as the lead character came from Sofia Coppola meeting with Nic Prugo several times.

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