"Material Girls and Boy"
What You Need To Know:
THE BLING RING is about a real gang of five celebrity-worshipping teenagers who burglarize the homes of their idols. Rebecca and Marc become obsessed with stealing from A-list actors, researching who they want to target and breaking into their houses. They convince three other friends to help. Though the group is under age, they are constantly partying and stealing money to buy cocaine and expensive alcohol. Then, one day, their faces are detected on a security camera and they get caught.
THE BLING RING is an interesting tale of youths gone wrong. It successfully uses irony to create humor. Emma Watson does a great job playing a silly teenager. However, it needs a little more suspense. Consequently, it plays more like a report of what happened, rather then a movie with an exciting plotline. The teenagers do seem to understand they are doing wrong, but the movie does glamorize the life of the rich and famous. Teenagers seeing this movie may be susceptible this glamorization. There’s also abundant foul language and underage substance abuse. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE BLING RING.
(PaPa, B, FR, LLL, V, S, AA, DD, MM) Strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview of materialism and idolizing celebrities, but in the end this is shown as a negative, plus some New Age pagan content as one of the characters is into a false religion but this is intended for comedic relief; 54 obscenities (including about 28 “f” words), 21 profanities, and some crude commentary; light violence when girl steals gun and waves it around, accidently shooting it off but not hurting anyone, and girl gets in to car accident, but everyone is safe; implied sexual affair with a minor and kissing; no nudity but girls in low cut shirts and shorts skirts; underage drinking and drunkenness and minor drives while drunk, which leads to an accident and a DUI; teenagers smoke cigarettes and marijuana and do cocaine; and, stealing, greed, lying, and teenage partying.
THE BLING RING is a true story of five teenagers burglarizing celebrities in ritzy sections around Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. It’s an interesting tale of materialism and youths turning celebrities into idols, but it has some significant problems.
Rebecca is completely obsessed with celebrity style. Day after day she follows celebrities, their fashion and their whereabouts. She befriends Marc, who has a similar interest in celebrity style. Then, Rebecca and Marc decide to actually break into Paris Hilton’s house. Finding her address on the Internet, Rebecca and Marc go right into the huge house and steal Paris’ clothing, shoes, bags, etc.
Rebecca and Marc become obsessed with stealing things from A-list actors, researching who they want to target and breaking into their houses. They convince their friends Nicki, Chloe, and Sam to help them steal. Meanwhile, Nicki’s mother pushes Nicki and Sam to be in Reality TV shows, so she allows the girls to go out late at night. Though the group is under age, they are constantly partying and stealing money to buy cocaine and expensive alcohol.
The teenagers continue to obsess about the celebrities and their things. They think nothing of stealing. Then, one day, their faces are detected on a security camera, and they get caught.
THE BLING RING was an interesting story, but could have had a little more suspense. The movie did have some laughs to it through the use of irony. Emma Watson did a great job at playing a silly teenage girl, showing her versatility as an actor.
THE BLING RING almost plays more like a report of what happened, rather then a film with an exciting plotline. The teenagers do seem to understand what they were doing was wrong. They also seem to realize they’re making false idols out of celebrities like Paris Hilton and their materialistic wealth. Even so, the movie does end up glamorizing such things a bit. Thus, teenagers and young adults seeing THE BLING RING may be susceptible to the bad behavior on display in this movie. There’s also a lot of gratuitous foul language, plus a lot of underage substance abuse and partying. So, Movieguide® advises extreme caution for THE BLING RING.