The Bling Ring 0.0 stars

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In 2008, a group of bored SoCal teens — some well-off, others less so — started getting their kicks by breaking (actually, walking) into various minor celebrities' homes and stealing their clothes, their shoes, their jewelry, and even their accessories. This is a filmed re-enactment of that. Director Sofia Coppola seems to believe that empty, boring lives require an empty, boring film. (The kids onscreen get cocaine pick-me-ups, the lucky so-and-sos.) The dull young things are pretty enough - though star Emma Watson never quite relaxes into character - and somewhere near the middle there is an arresting long shot of two thieves at work inside a glass house on a dark hillside. Other than that, it's a slow trip to the inevitable, intercut with Facebook posts and singalong car rides. You'll have to provide your own searing commentary on the semipermeable membrane of American fame. 2012.

Matthew Lickona

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