‘The Bling Ring’: To live and steal in LA

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In “The Bling Ring,” Sofia Coppola builds a beautiful zoo and invites us over to look at the animals. Based closely on a Vanity Fair article about a group of jaded Los Angeles teens who robbed celebrity homes for brand-name clothes and thrills, it bears some resemblance to the recent “Spring Breakers” but without the go-for-broke craziness.

What does Coppola want us to think about these beautiful young idiots? What does she think? She’s too cool or too wary or too close to her subject to engage. Gorgeously shot (partly by the late Harris Savides) and with a terrific, nasty performance by Emma Watson, the film turns monotonous over the long haul.

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