Bling Ring a Shiny Package with Nothing of Value Inside
- Friday, June 21, 2013
The best thing about the film is the peek inside celebs' homes. The scenes inside Paris Hilton's pad were actually shot in her house (her closet is a revelation). She was a real-life victim of the Ring and offered her place to Coppola for filming; she even makes a cameo appearance in the film. Sadly, even the wonder of an entire room of designer shoes grows thin after repeated visits.
It's a given that the Ring will get caught; these dull-witted delinquents brag about their exploits to anyone who will listen and update their Facebook pages with photos of themselves holding their stolen swag. One would like to think getting busted would lead to at least a smidgen of remorse, or clarity, or common sense, but no: this wakeup call apparently came with a snooze button. Tons of Facebook friends and Vanity Fair interviews (the film was based on a Vanity Fair article) far outweigh the inconvenience of a criminal record. "I'm a huge believer in karma and I think this situation is a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being," Nicki smirks for the cameras. Sadly... probably not.
Bottom line: it’s a shiny package with nothing of value inside. Don’t bother.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Teens (and some adults) buy and use cocaine, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and drink to excess at clubs, despite the fact they’re considerably underage. They steal drugs from medicine cabinets, drive while under the influence, and generally do everything you tell your child not to do.
- Language/Profanity: In addition to their other charms, the characters are potty-mouths. The f-word and variations of it, the b-word (frequently used as a term of endearment), the s-word, God’s name taken in vain, and a variety of coarse language. Even when they’re not actually profane, the characters most often speak in a rude, hateful, disrespectful manner.
- Sex/Nudity: Girls seen in their underwear, considerable revealing attire; boy wears high heels and dances in a suggestive manner apparently for his computer. Girls discuss whether they would "do" a guy; multiple coarse references to sex. Suggestive dancing in a club and with a pole (in Paris Hilton’s “nightclub room”). One scene of an intoxicated girl offering herself to an older man; they embrace on a bed before the scene changes.
- Violence/Frightening/Intense: Characters exhibit nonstop reckless behavior, driving under the influence which leads to a car crash, horseplay with a loaded gun leading to accidental gunshot (no injuries). Some mild tension when the group is engaged in crimes.
- Spiritual Themes: It's something of an object lesson of what happens when people do "what was right in their own eyes" (Judges 21:25) and a little scary to think what would happen if a whole generation was like these teens. Maybe it should be required viewing for complacent parents? Nicki’s mom is a devotee of The Secret which clearly doesn't act as a moral compass for this woman, who appears to have sold her soul and offered her children as sacrifices on the altar of fame.
Publication date: June 21, 2013
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