It must be tough, being “average” and “middle class” and living within sniffing distance of L.A.’s rich and beautiful people. The designer clothes, the pricey homes, flashy cars and flashier jewelry must seem just within reach, especially to the young and avaricious.
That’s the temptation of “The Bling Ring,” Sofia Coppola’s scintillating followup to the sleep-inducing “Somewhere.” Coppola’s film, based on a Vanity Fair article about the crimes, the criminals and the world they ran in, is a winking condemnation of a generation of naive, covetous privacy-abandoning teens — and their victims, celebrities so vapid they leave doors unlocked, so vulnerable in an age where the Internet tracks their every out-of-town trip, every red carpet appearance.
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THE BLING RING
Rated R: Teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Now playing: Area theaters