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The Bling Ring

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Glitzy but superficial dramedy has swearing, alcohol, drugs.

Movie R 2013 90 minutes
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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+


Omg! Was so shocked by the amount of consumerism in this movie! It was just insane! I brought my 8 year old son to see this movie because I thought it would be good enough for him but, no. The consumerism was so hardcore. Bad idea bringing the child.
age 17+

The Bling Ring - Parent Review

Great movie good for anyone grades 6 and up, because some tweens are very mature.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (22 ):

THE BLING RING, like the rest of director Sofia Coppola's filmography, is an intoxicating, beautiful ride. It transports the audience to a world in which California teens can cherry-pick everything they've lusted after from the homes of their idols, whose privacy they've breached in search of the fabulous life. Or at least lives more fabulous than the teens' already privileged existence. But this movie doesn't have the heart of Lost in Translation, the compassion of Marie Antoinette, or the pathos of The Virgin Suicides. Its main characters keep the audience at a remove, so we're left to observe but not really understand, let alone care, about who they are or why they've done what they have.

As commentary, The Bling Ring is pretty interesting, if not very deep. Watching it feels like going on a high-octane shopping trip and then heading home, bags filled, and realizing that your credit cards have yet to be paid. (Though it has to be said that Coppola's sometime use of webcams to capture the characters' narcissism is virtuoso.) No one comes out unscathed here, not even the celebrities who are ostensibly crime victims. Their seemingly endless array of bling and fabulosity isn't just a lure for a band of high-end thieves, but it also calls into question their own complicity in a culture that celebrates labels, money, and luxury.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 14, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: September 17, 2013
  • Cast: Emma Watson , Israel Broussard , Katie Chang , Taissa Farmiga
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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