Flash Movie Review: The Bling Ring

Obsession is my next door neighbor. We visit from time to time and when they want to go on holiday, I watch over their house. I am very familiar with obsession’s traits; just ask any of my friends. At the height of my fitness classes, when I was teaching full-time, I could wear a different T-shirt every single day for over 1 year, before I needed to think about doing any laundry.  What can I say, I liked fun T-shirts to wear in my classes. With my love for movies, one would think I obsess over the actors’ lifestyles. I have no desire to be like them. If anything, I would only like to know what it is like to buy something without having to think about how I will pay for it later. The mass of reality shows, I feel, warps the perceptions of so many people. Seeing the lifestyles of these celebrities, they want to live the same good life but without putting in any of the hard work. Not that a majority of these so called celebrities even have a concept of what it is like to work. Based on actual events, writer and director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere) created this film about celebrity obsessed teenagers, who go on a crime spree. Using the internet, the group of friends break into celebrities’ houses, to steal their personal items. Leading the group was relative newcomer Katie Chang as Rebecca and her friend Mark, played by Israel Broussard (Flipped, The Chaperone). Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harry Potter franchise) as Nicki and Leslie Mann (This is 40, Knocked Up) as her mother Laurie were far and above the best when it came to the acting in this drama; yet, they were not major characters. The set up for this film through the first robbery kept my attention; I just sat there amazed that something like this actually happened. As the movie progressed I started to lose interest due to the repetitive robberies being filmed in a similar way. The choppy writing and the shallow character development left me disinterested in any of the individuals. By the end of the movie, I had the same feelings about the characters as I have about reality stars; I did not care about them or their vapid lives.


2 1/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 26, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Just saw this and could not agree with you more. Why society aggrandizes people like this mystifies me. Shallow people, shallow story.

  2. Thank you for this review!!!!! Again, you as a sociocultural sociologist, “critical sociology of actors and movie characters”, gets the viewer to think and reflect. “The Bling Ring” is a cinema shaman, showing the viewer the shallowness of the non evolved, shallow consciousness of some of the wealthy and their desire for drama and excitement in their lives because they have it all. This is a “snapshot” story of a certain period in these individual’s lives, which, in real life, would be an astrological aspect, and a numerological challenge that gives them experiences wherein they may in due time, learn the greater lessons of maturity, and transcend their individual shallowness. One of the Buddhist sect’s beliefs of being saved through experience and consequential transcendence. Karma (the actions and the consequence of actions), overcoming bad karma, we each have opportunity by watching a movie, reading a critic, to maybe not engage in bad actions, so that we will not have to face the ordeal of bad karma. Wonderful shamanic tools for every culture.

    • I am so glad you mentioned “karma” i your comments. Being a firm believer in it, I so appreciated your use of it within your amazing comments. As I said previously in my last reply to you; I am overwhelmed with your generosity of your time. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for your kind response, your reviews, I truly enjoy them!!!!!!

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