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Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has taken a few hits over the years for fixating on materially comfortable, yet emotionally vacuous protagonists. The Bling Ring, an adaption of a Vanity Fair exposé, doesn't flip the script, but there's a new-found buoyancy to her tale of lost kids in Los Angeles. When Marc (Israel Broussard, sweet and sympathetic), a middle-class student with "too many absences," enters a high school for wayward youth, everyone rebuffs him until he meets Rebecca (charismatic newcomer Katie Chang), who invites him to hang out, possibly because she pegs him as a willing accomplice. They proceed to bond over a fascination with fashion, tabloid stars, and entering unlocked cars to pilfer cash and cocaine. In short order, they're driving around Hollywood and singing along to songs by style-obsessed musicians, like M.I.A. When that thrill subsides, Becky suggests bigger game: the homes of careless celebrities, like Paris Hilton (who appears as herself). Their "shopping" excursions are so successful that they invite Chloe (Claire Julien), Sam (Taissa Farmiga), and Nicki (Emma Watson, miles away from Hermione Granger) to join them. In Coppola's conception, the teens have no goals other than to live like their materialistic idols, and by posting pictures to the Internet, they secured the fame they sought--but not without consequences. As a framing device, Coppola uses a journalist's interviews with the perpetrators, an unnecessary move, though it does allow Leslie Mann, who plays a clueless guardian, to do some of the most richly comedic work of her career. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Sofia Coppola directs this drama, based on real events, about a group of celebrity-obsessed teens who rob the homes of their idols in order to emulate their lifestyles. Bored living a life of relative obscurity in L.A., high school friends Nicki (Emma Watson), Marc (Israel Broussard), Rebecca (Katie Chang), Chloe (Claire Julien) and Sam (Taissa Farmiga) decide to grab their own slice of the high life by breaking into the homes of the rich and famous. But as the group become flushed with success after amassing ever more sizeable hauls, their continuing hunger for designer labels, coupled with feelings of invincibility, inevitably sets them on a collision course with the authorities.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills Based on true events the group who were fixated on the glamorous life tracked their celebrity targets online and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes Their victims included Paris Hilton Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson and the gang became known in the media as “The Bling Ring” Written and directed by Oscar winning Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation The Virgin Suicides Marie Antoinette) The Bling Ring stars Emma Watson (Harry Potter The Perks of Being a Wallflower) Leslie Mann (This is 40 Knocked Up) Taissa Farmiga Claire Julien Israel Broussard Katie Chang Georgia Rock and Gavin Rossdale  

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