What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Bling Ring is based on the real-life escapades of a group of teenage thieves who raided the homes of Hollywood's rich and famous for their high-end clothing, accessories, and more. While Sofia Coppola's drama demonstrates a clear awareness of the sadly aspirational yearnings and self-aggrandizement that fueled the robberies, it emphasizes the glamor in it, too, as it seeks to uncover exactly how and why the so-called Bling Ring came to be. Be prepared for an almost nonstop litany of label-flashing -- the acquisitiveness factor is set to the max, with an almost slavish detail to the name brands of the items that were stolen -- as well as lots of swearing (from the comparatively tame "ass" to "f--k" and more) and plenty of underage drinking and drug use (both weed and cocaine).
  • Families can talk about how the Bling Ring came to be. Can you understand why members of the group wanted to steal from the rich and famous? What drove them? Did they find what they were seeking?
  • What is the movie saying about the allure of fame and the famous? Why did these kids want to be like the stars so much they started stealing their stuff? Does the media glorify fame?
  • Are teenagers really this label-hungry? How do they even hear about what celebrities wear and own? What explains all this consumerism?
  • How does the movie portray underage drinking and drug use? Are there any realistic consequences?
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