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Movie review: 'Bling Ring' shows teens stealing to make the A-list

Published June 21, 2013 9:07 am

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In her latest look at fame and its excesses, "The Bling Ring," director-writer Sofia Coppola creates a surprisingly deep look at some very shallow people.

Coppola tells the slightly fictionalized story of a group of SoCal teens who got caught breaking into the homes of Hollywood celebrities, partying in their rooms and stealing their stuff. She starts with introverted Marc (Israel Broussard), trying to fit in at a new school by cozying up to Rebecca (Katie Chang), who enlists him in breaking into houses of stars such as Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr and Rachel Bilson.

Coppola changes the teens' names, but keeps the bold-faced names of their victims – and even enlisted Hilton to make a cameo and let the production shoot in her house.

Coppola and her young actors, notably Emma Watson (all grown up from the "Harry Potter" films) in a fearless performance as a vapid double-talker, capture the depths of these teens' celebrity obsession and the idea that they could steal their way to the A-list.

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'The Bling Ring'

Opens Friday, June 21, at area theaters; rated R for teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references; 90 minutes.