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The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

True crime series lacks depth, has cursing, drug use.

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The limited docuseries combines superficial facts with sensational elements to create a series that seeks to entertain rather than inform. Nick Prugo and Alexis Neiers sometimes contradict each other (and others) as they offer their points of view about their friendship and their criminal behavior. Meanwhile, conversations with folks like Alexis' mom Andrea Arlington and appearances by a flashy realtor identified as "Josh," remind us of the material wealth, the desire for fame, and self-created celebrity that has become synonymous with contemporary Hollywood. All of this is offered in the context of illustrating how the rise of social media and the popularity of celebrity-themed reality shows served as a major motivator for the teens' activities before and after they were caught. It also underscores how easily and readily investigators, lawyers, and others sought their 15 minutes of fame during the process. As a result, the severity of teenagers' crimes never really comes through. Furthermore, neither Prugo or Neiers appear truly remorseful about the harm they caused their victims, choosing instead to focus on more self-regarding details. If you like tabloid TV you might find The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist amusing. But if you're looking for new discoveries or fresh details about the crimes that were committed, you won't find it here.

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