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  • Awesome Music: "Super Rich Kids" by Frank Ocean over the end credits. "All of the Lights" and "Power" by Kanye West in the main film itself.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: As noted below, this film was marketed around the fact that Emma Watson was wearing sexy outfits, complete with seductive tongue roll. The rest of the female cast members are on Fanservice duty for ninety minutes, showing off the sexy outfits they stole and spending time clubbing done to the nines.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Marc being portrayed as the most moral member of the group is awkward to watch since 2016 - where his real-life counterpart Nic Prugo pled guilty to stalking and soliciting rape.
    • Ironically enough, Emma Watson had her wallet stolen while filming.
  • Jerkass Woobie: As vapid and stupid as Nicki is, the sight of her being dragged into a police car while crying out for her mother is quite sobering. In real life Alexis Neiers had to later seek treatment for drug addiction.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Emma Watson is the main reason anyone would express interest to see the film, especially her take on a wild young adult role. Much of the film's viral marketing are photos of scantily-clad Emma and her notorious seductive tongue roll in the trailers.
  • Les Yay: Nicki and Sam. They're also only adoptive sisters for those who are into that sort of thing.
    Sam: Does my butt look good in these jeans?
    Nicki:Your butt looks awesome.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene where Chloe finds a gun in Megan Fox's house and proceeds to point it at Marc, thoroughly terrifying him. Neither of them knows if it's loaded, and Chloe is clearly enjoying messing with him. Not helping the paranoia factor is that she's obviously a bit drunk too.
  • She Really Can Act: Although Emma Watson had provoked this reaction as the Harry Potter films progressed, critics embraced her willingness to star in smaller independent films that weren't guaranteed hits - and also to go completely against type as a vapid ditz. Time Out said:
    "The real story here isn't the good-girl-goes-bad stunt casting; it's that Watson can act. Against the odds, the Harry Potter star gives a sharp, knowing smart performance as Nicki."
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The first half of the film is quite slow, with the burglaries getting quite formulaic and no characterization beyond vague traits. Then when the police start catching the teens, it becomes a bit more interesting.
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  • So Okay, It's Average: Not a lot happens in the film, except for repetitive shots of the teens going in and out of the celebrity homes - complete with endless Costume Porn of all the fancy clothes they steal. No real attempt is made to get to know the characters, and they're not busted for the robberies until well over an hour into the film. Reviews praised the cinematography but criticized the lack of character development.
  • Testosterone Brigade: The film is almost entirely female-centered and The One Guy is likely gay. Despite this, a few males turned up to see Emma Watson in sexy outfits. The marketing realized this and capitalized with various shots of the girls dressed up in the trailer.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The entire set of protagonists really. No real attempt is made to get to know them - Rebecca has a difficult home life that's implied, Marc is suggested to have a tricky relationship with his dad and Nicki and Sam do appear to be indulged by their mother - but all of those details are never touched on.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The movie got some criticism over perceived whitewashing. One of the real teens was a Mexican immigrant called Diana Tamayo, who was removed from the movie. All of the protagonists are white. Not helping matters was Katie Chang looking far whiter than the real Rebecca Lee, and Emma Watson playing the counterpart of the Ambiguously Brown Alexis Neiers.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The teens never think to wear any kind of disguises to hide their faces from the security systems. Although ironically Sam gets off because she can't be identified on the CCTV - and presumably got mistaken for Chloe.
    • Paris Hilton leaves her key under the mat. And that's how the teens get in. No fancy tactics or anything; they just find Paris's key in the most obvious place. This is apparently Truth in Television - and Paris had left the door unlocked too. Rachel Bilson likewise left one of her doors unlocked, though she did have security cameras in place (which is how the teens first got identified).
    • None of the teens is very good at dealing when they're finally caught. Marc apparently confesses essentially immediately after being arrested and without any attempt to get a plea deal (in fact he confesses without a lawyer being present). He therefore gets the exact same sentence as the more combative Rebecca (who claims that she didn't rob any of the houses while knowing that she had evidence in the house being searched). Both Nicki and Marc give incriminating details to the Vanity Fair reporter (in Nicki's case, even after being told not to by her lawyer).


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