“I think we just wanted to be part of the lifestyle. The lifestyle that everybody kinda wants.” – Marc, The Bling Ring
The Bling Ring hit theaters June 21st 2013. And unfortunately, it opened with less theaters than I would’ve expected and didn’t gain any popularity even when the original story was hot back in 2008 when the robberies occurred. The movie very much under-performed and after watching the movie, I can see a little why.
I will begin by saying that if you don’t know the original story, here you go:
The Bling Ring, sometimes called the “Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch“, “The Burglar Bunch“, or the “Hollywood Hills Burglars“, were a group, mostly of teenagers based in and around Calabasas, California, who burgled the homes of several celebrities over a period believed to have been from around October 2008 through August 2009. In total, their activities resulted in the theft of about $3 million in cash and belongings, most of it from Paris Hilton, whose house was burgled several times. However, over 50 homes were reportedly targeted for potential burglary.
The Bling Ring movie is based on these events and the robberies of the celebrities that were affected. It begins by introducing you to Marc (Israel Broussard), the young gay teenager sent to a new school were the delinquent student attend. There be meets Rebecca (Katie Chang) and soon Nicki (Emma Watson), Cloe (Claire Julien) and Sam (Taissa Farmiga). These five are the main group of teenagers responsible for the robberies.
Rebecca and Marc begin their careers by robbing cars and soon they break into Paris Hilton’s house after finding out she is going to be out of town hosting a party (online gossip websites). Soon they meet up with Nicki and the others at a club, explaining what they did (keep in mind they are only 15/16 years old at a night club in LA). The other girls want in and soon it begins. By using online websites for information on when celebrities are going to be out of town, they begin to break in and steal. Using a well known phrase:
“Rebecca: Let’s go shopping!” – The Bling Ring
They felt entitled to go into those houses, that the celebrities had so much stuff they would never care or need to have everything they did. The reported houses that were broken into were Paris Hilton’s, Audrina Patridge (The Hills), Rachel Bilson, Linsay Lohan, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, and Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr. The reports are that they broke into Paris Hilton’s house several times (at least 10). And my only real thought on this is that you would think the celebrities would one make sure their doors are locked and two, install a security system. Anyway, the group reportedly made off with over 3 million dollars in merchandise.
Now these kids weren’t shy about wearing the things they stole and even began bragging about whose houses they visited. So much so that other students wanted in on the action as well. The group grew to about seven people (names of characters in movie different from real life members) and they soon began to get careless.
This of course led to there capture and criminal process. All the while they continued to spend the money they stole and reportedly used drugs.
My thought on this movie is that if I didn’t know it was a real-life story I’d be shocked anyone could get away with the things they did. The main thing is that they most of the time just walked right out the front door with bags and no one ever seemed to think it was odd. However, I do have to say this movie drags in some spots. The storyline flows through what happened but some spots are dry and you wonder why they are included in the movie.
My overall rating is 6 out of 10 stars. It was a good movie, based on the original story but it has slow parts and character stories aren’t completely developed. There are some good celebrity cameos (Parish Hilton and Kristen Dunst to name a couple). Either way, don’t count it out yet. I wouldn’t spend $10 to see however, wait for the DVD rental.