Bling Ring is a 2013 internationally co-produced satirical crime
film written, directed and produced by Sofia Coppola. It features
an ensemble cast, led by Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson,
Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien. It is based on the 2010 Vanity Fair
article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" by Nancy Jo Sales, which dealt
with a real-life gang known as the Bling Ring.
The film had its world premiere in the
Un Certain Regard section of
2013 Cannes Film Festival
2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 16. Distributed by A24 Films,
it began a U.S. limited release on June 14, before opening in a wide
release on June 21, 2013.
Bling Ring represents the final work of cinematographer Harris
Savides, who died of brain cancer while the film was in
post-production. The film is dedicated to him.
5.2 Home media
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Quiet teenager Marc Hall arrives as a new student at Indian Hills High
School in Agoura Hills, California. He is befriended by fame-obsessed
Rebecca Ahn. While at a party at Rebecca's house, the pair check
unlocked vehicles on the street, taking valuables such as cash and
When Marc mentions that one of his wealthy acquaintances is out of
town, Rebecca persuades him to join her in breaking into his house.
Rebecca steals a handbag, mentioning that her idol, Lindsay Lohan, has
the same one. She also steals cash and the keys to a Porsche, which
the pair use to flee the scene. With the cash, the two go on a
shopping spree, affording themselves the luxury lifestyle they admire
Marc visits a nightclub with Rebecca and her friends Nicki Moore,
Nicki's adoptive sister Sam, and Chloe Tainer, where they rub
shoulders with celebrities such as
Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton.
While researching Hilton on the Internet, Marc and Rebecca realize
that she will be out of town. The pair go to her house, and finding
the key under the doormat, they go through Hilton's belongings, taking
some jewelry. Rebecca then flaunts a stolen bracelet to Nicki, Sam,
and Chloe at a party.
At Nicki's request, Rebecca and Marc take her, Sam and Chloe back to
Hilton's house. The group marvels at the excess of Hilton's lifestyle,
and steals shoes, bags, dresses, cash, and jewelry. Marc and Rebecca
return to rob Hilton's house on a third occasion. The pair also
decides to rob the home of Audrina Patridge, once again using the
Internet to determine when she will not be home. The entire group uses
the same method to burgle the home of Megan Fox, with Nicki's younger
sister Emily squeezing through a pet door to gain access to the home.
The group enters the home of
Orlando Bloom and his girlfriend, Miranda
Kerr. The girls proceed to steal similar items, while Marc finds a
case filled with seven of Bloom's
Rolex watches along with a roll of
cash. Chloe then helps Marc sell the watches to her friend, a night
club manager named Ricky. The group returns once again to Hilton's
house, with Sam's boyfriend Rob, who also steals from the home.
A news report releases captured CCTV footage from the robbery at
Patridge's home. This concerns Marc, but Rebecca is undeterred and
instigates a burglary at the home of Rachel Bilson. Word spreads
amongst the group's social circles, and the girls boast of their
accomplishments at parties, also posting photographs of the stolen
items on social media sites. The group ultimately breaks into Lohan's
house and robs it. Shortly after, Rebecca moves to Las Vegas with her
father due to troubles at home, leaving some of her stolen items with
Marc, who inadvertently helps Rebecca transfer stolen items across
News reports of the
Hollywood Hills burglaries intensify, with the
media labeling the group "The Bling Ring". CCTV from several robberies
in addition to the evidence on social media allows authorities to
identify the group. Police arrest Marc, Nicki, Chloe, Rebecca, Rob,
and Ricky, but Sam is not identified in the footage and avoids arrest.
Marc cooperates with the police, informing them on the details of the
burglaries, much to the chagrin of Rebecca, who has been identified as
the ringleader. A Vanity Fair journalist interviews Marc, who is
remorseful, and Nicki, who vehemently suggests the others were at
fault, and that she was simply involved with the wrong people. Rebecca
also denies being at fault and tries to pass the blame for all of this
to Marc and her other friends. The group is ultimately prosecuted,
receiving varying amounts of jail time and is ordered to collectively
pay millions of dollars in restitution for the stolen items.
The group serves their jail time, and Marc and Rebecca each go into
seclusion and never see or speak to each other again, both of them
steadfastly blaming each other for the robberies.
In the final scene, set a few months later, Nicki is on a talk show
talking about her time in jail, and reveals that her cell was next to
Lohan's. After digressing, she turns to the audience (and the viewers)
as she finds a way to enhance her newfound notoriety, telling them to
visit her now-popular website detailing her life after "The Bling
Katie Chang as Rebecca Ahn (based on Rachel Lee)
Israel Broussard as Marc Hall (based on Nick Prugo)
Emma Watson as Nicki Moore (based on Alexis Neiers)
Taissa Farmiga as Sam Moore (based on Tess Taylor)
Claire Julien as Chloe Tainer (based on Courtney Ames)
Carlos Miranda as Rob (based on Roy Lopez, Jr.)
Gavin Rossdale as Ricky (based on Johnny Ajar)
Leslie Mann as Laurie Moore (based on Andrea Arlington-Dunn)
Georgia Rock as Emily Moore (based on Gabby Neiers)
Annie Fitzgerald as Kate (based on Nancy Jo Sales)
Stacy Edwards as Mrs. Hall
G. Mac Brown as Henry
Marc Coppola as Mr. Hall
Janet Song as Mrs. Ahn
Doug DeBeech as Adam
Erin Daniels as Shannon
Patricia Lentz as Judge Henley
Maika Monroe as Beach Girl
Halston Sage as School Girl
Paris Hilton as herself
Kirsten Dunst as herself
Brett Goodkin as himself
In December 2011, it was reported that
Sofia Coppola was developing a
screenplay for a film based on The
Bling Ring burglaries, to be
directed and produced by herself. Her father, Francis Ford Coppola,
executive produced the project through his American Zoetrope
production company. In April 2012, it was announced that financing
had been set up with NALA Films, and
Roman Coppola would also serve as
Emma Watson joined the cast of the film on February 29, 2012,
and on March 1,
Taissa Farmiga was reported to have joined the main
cast. Also in early March,
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the
Leslie Mann and Israel Broussard. On March 16, Claire
Julien joined the cast, and
Katie Chang and Georgia Rock were also
confirmed for roles. That same month, Carlos Miranda was cast in a
supporting role. In late March,
Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton
were both confirmed to make cameos in the film, as themselves.
Gavin Rossdale was spotted on the set of the film on March 27,
Production primarily took place in and around Los Angeles, California
in March and April 2012; notably in West Hollywood, Lynwood, and
Venice. Paris Hilton, who was a victim during the actual Bling
Ring robberies, and Kirsten Dunst, both made cameo appearances in the
film. Some scenes were shot in the celebrity victims' homes and at
the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California.
The Bling Ring: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
June 11, 2013
Def Jam Records
"I spent a few months listening to everything that is out now, and
then going back a bit to when the story actually happened. So the
Kanye stuff was fair game, as well as the newer stuff. The Can stuff
is interesting, because the other side is the score, the sound of L.A.
at night when they're driving around. I thought that it would be
really cool to use
Klaus Schulze and some of the German stuff that I
really, really love, and it's amazing how well those tracks fit next
to each other."
– Reitzell, on the variety of music
The Bling Ring: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was supervised by
frequent Coppola collaborator Brian Reitzell. The film's soundtrack
album was released on June 11, 2013 by Def Jam Recordings. It
contains a mix of music ranging between such genres as hip-hop/rap,
krautrock, and electronic. The musical score for the film was
written by Reitzell in collaboration with Daniel Lopatin, known mostly
under the recording name of Oneohtrix Point Never. In addition,
Reitzell worked closely with Coppola to find contemporary music that
would fit within the film's setting. After being contacted for song
Kanye West recommended Reitzell use Frank
Ocean's then-unreleased "Super Rich Kids". Coppola's husband's band,
Phoenix, also contributed the title track from their album
"Crown on the Ground"
Alexis Krauss, Derek E. Miller
William Leonard Roberts II, Dwayne Carter, Lexus Lewis
Rick Ross featuring Lil Wayne
Ryeisha Berrain, Maya Arulpragasam
Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.
Azealia Banks, Jef Martens
Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay
Oneohtrix Point Never
Tauheed Epps, Christopher Gholson
Mathangi Arulpragasam, Nate Hills, Marcella Araica
"All of the Lights"
Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson,
Malik Yusef El Shabbaz
Jones, Scott Mescudi, Warren Trotter
"Drop It Low"
Christopher Maurice Brown, Ester Dean, Jamal F. Jones
Ester Dean featuring Chris Brown
Gemar Akoto, Kwadwo Boateng, Reem Oweti
Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, Holger Schweizer, Kenji
Kanye West, Larry Griffin Jr., Mike Dean, Jeff Bhasker, Andwele
Gardner, Ken Lewis, Francois Bernheim, Jean-Pierre Lang, Boris
Bergman, Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald
Bling Ring Suite"
Brian Reitzell, Daniel Lopatin
Brian Reitzell and Daniel Lopatin
Thomas Mars, Deck d'Arcy, Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai
"Super Rich Kids"
Christopher Breaux, Malay, Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, Kirk Robinson,
Nathaniel Robinson Jr., Ray Hammond, Mark Morales, Mark Rooney
Frank Ocean featuring Earl Sweatshirt
Coppola at the
2013 Cannes Film Festival
2013 Cannes Film Festival for the premiere
In January 2013, A24 Films acquired domestic distribution rights to
the film. The film opened the
Un Certain Regard section of the
2013 Cannes Film Festival
2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 16. The film is Coppola's
third in a row that deals heavily with the famous, following Marie
Antoinette and Somewhere, a drama about a renowned actor and his
11-year-old daughter. About the premiere in Cannes, she said, "It
seems like the perfect setting for The
Bling Ring when you see people
walking around in their heels. It's a glamorous place, so it feels
appropriate." The film closed the 39th Seattle International Film
Festival on June 9, 2013.
Bling Ring was released via digital download on September 6, 2013,
Blu-ray on September 17, 2013, by Lionsgate Home
Entertainment. The extras include a behind the scenes making of the
film, an interview with Coppola, and a tour of a crime scene by Bling
Ring target Paris Hilton.
In its debut weekend in the United States, the film opened in five
theaters with $214,395, for a per-theater average of $42,879. It
was Coppola's best opening per-theater average, beating out Lost in
Translation's intake of $40,221 from 23 locations in 2003. The
following weekend, The
Bling Ring expanded to 650 theaters, making $2
million for a per-theater average of $3,080. The film went on to
gross $5.8 million domestically and $19.1 million worldwide.
Bling Ring received generally positive reviews from critics.
Review aggregator website
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 60%
approval rating, based on reviews from 189 critics, with a weighted
average of 6.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While it's
certainly timely and beautifully filmed, The
Bling Ring suffers from
director Sofia Coppola's failure to delve beneath the surface of its
shallow protagonists' real-life crimes." This made it Coppola's
second-lowest rated movie after Marie Antoinette.
assigned the film an average score of 66 out of 100, based on 40
reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "generally positive
reviews". The film has drawn comparisons to the Day-Glo
cinematography of Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which was also
released under A24 Films.
Owen Gleiberman from
Entertainment Weekly had a positive opinion,
writing, "Watching The Bling Ring, the audience is invited to
understand the impulses of these child-woman thieves, even as Coppola
stands firmly apart from their craziness and sees them for who they
are." Robbie Collin from
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph said, "Everything
comes together for the good here: visuals, performances, raucous
soundtrack, Coppola's teasing flirtation with, yet ultimate lack of
commitment to, some kind of concrete morality." Todd McCarthy of
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter said, "Coppola's attitude toward her subject
seems equivocal, uncertain; there is perhaps a smidgen of social
commentary, but she seems far too at home in the world she depicts to
offer a rewarding critique of it."
The film's star, Emma Watson, at the 2013
Cannes Film Festival
Emma Watson's performance as Nicki received critical acclaim. Richard
Roeper called her "comedic gold", while Gleiberman wrote that
Watson "proves that her willingness to take chances is only growing,
and that she's an actress serious enough to turn a line like 'Your
butt looks awesome!' into something that reveals character." Cath
Clarke of Time Out commented positively on Watson, saying, "The real
story here isn't the good-girl-goes-bad stunt casting; it's that
Watson can act. Against the odds, the Harry Potter star gives a sharp,
knowing smart performance as Nicki."
Peter Travers of Rolling
Stone wrote, "
Emma Watson is sensational as Nicki, an underage club
girl and actress wanna-be, who lives in a universe of Valley Girl
narcissism eons away from Hogwarts." Even critics who gave the
film overall negative reviews singled Watson out for praise, with
Peter Howell from the
Toronto Star saying, "The undistinguished young
cast of The
Bling Ring has just one standout, and that's Emma Watson,
who plays one of the most vacuous of the juvenile thieves. We know her
best as the brainy Hermione from the Harry Potter movies, and she can
obviously do brainless equally well." Joe Neumaier of New York
Daily News wrote, "Watson, though, does a great imitation of
hollow-eyed gaze; her character is the one who tries to parlay
notoriety into success (everyone else can, she figures). The one-time
Harry Potter star captures the slack-jawed fan only too well."
While not having seen the film then, Alexis Neiers, who inspired
Watson's character, stated it looked "inaccurate and trashy" after she
saw its first trailer.
Cannes Film Festival
Un Certain Regard Award
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards
Dorothy Arzner Directors Award
Golden Trailer Awards
Best Independent TV Spot
"Roster" Trailer (A24 Films)
Best Teaser Poster
Bling Ring (Pathé)
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Films directed by Sofia Coppola
Lick the Star (1998)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Bling Ring (2013)
A Very Murray Christmas
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
The Beguiled (2017)
Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven
Garden of Delete
Ford & Lopatin/Games
The Bling Ring