Laurence Phelan reviews The Bling Ring (15)
Film of the week: Sofia's thrill-seekers aim for the stars
Friday 05 July 2013
Like some sort of unauthorised MTV Cribs, Sofia Coppola's deadpan comedy breaks us into the homes of LA's rich and famous – Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan – in the company of the titular gang of vapid, celebrity-obsessed teenaged burglars and thrill-seekers. It is based on a real case, and celeb-literate viewers will be able to date it by the references to Demi and Ashton's Oscars party, and Lindsay Lohan's DUI convictions. But it is suffused with the same gauzy, dreamlike quality that is characteristic of all the director's work.
Here, she uses it to conjure the peculiar, consequence-free atmosphere in which these rich kids live, locked into a narcissistic gaze with their own Facebook pages; hypnotised by celebrity, and their sense of their own entitlement. In the film's funniest detail, the character Emma Watson plays is home-schooled by her mother (Leslie Mann), with a curriculum drawn entirely from the 2006 self-help book The Secret. In the film's second funniest detail, Paris Hilton's mansion (and she opened up the real thing to the film-makers) is decorated with mirrors and framed magazine covers adorned by her own face.
Starring Katie Chang, Emma Watson, 90mins
Will explain back story to fictional kingdom Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Cumberbacklash: Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange riles Marvel fans
Best horror films of all time
Benedict Cumberbatch imagines 'explosive' Sherlock sex scene in graphic detail
Downton Abbey season 5 episode 6 - review: Thomas and Lady Edith show sad signs of the times
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything