The Bling Ring

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Disturbing fact-based account of a gang of high school students who targeted their favorite stars and burgled the celebrities' homes, stealing clothing, jewelry, and cash to fill their own closets and pockets. Five teens (Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien) crave the A-list lifestyle, and so decide to steal the expensive accoutrements that go along with it. They rely on tabloid reports to tell them who's out of town - then descend on empty mansions like locusts. Writer-director Sofia Coppola withholds judgment on the youngsters' actions and winds up glamorizing a rootless, immoral - not to mention criminal - lifestyle.

Watch out for: A benign attitude toward stealing, pervasive drug use and underage drinking, occasional profane and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013