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Primetime Show Reviews
"The Bling Ring"
review by Suzanne
Premieres in 2011 on Lifetime
This is an entertaining movie about some teenagers who start
stealing from celebrities in L.A. It's apparently based on a true story. It's
mostly told from the point of view of the boy, Zack (Austin Butler). These are
not bad kids. They are in a continuation school for truancy, and they all have
self-esteem problems. Zack gets together with Natalie (Yin Chang), who likes to
take things. None of these kids apparently care that much about the money
(although, they do sell the items for quite a lot of money). Their main goal,
according to the movie, to be cool.
The idea is that they feel worthless, I guess, so stealing from celebrities
makes them feel special. They parade around in their clothes and shoes, and they
go to cool clubs, and they become cool at school and with their friends, as well
as on the news.
Zack and Natalie get their friends to help them out; it's like they are having
parties with their friends at other people's houses. They even film their crimes
and put them up on youtube.
It would be hard to feel sorry for these kids except they are completely
non-violent, and the actors who play the kids are so darn likable. Plus, Zack
takes complete responsibility for his crimes.
not really sure what the point of the movie is, though. I guess they figured it
was interesting because they are just kids and not hardened criminals, and
everything turns out (more or less) in the end. It seemed sort of pointless,
Jennifer Grey plays Zack's clueless mom, who stands up for him against his dad.
His dad is kind of a jerk and puts him down a lot, but otherwise he treats him
This was originally supposed to air August 8, but for some
reason they are delaying it. I hope you get to see it soon!
Golden Globe Award nominated actress Jennifer Grey (Dirty
Dancing, Dancing with the Stars), Austin Butler (Life Unexpected, Hannah
Montana) and Yin Chang (Gossip Girl) star in The Bling Ring, a story inspired by
the high-profile Hollywood burglary ring, premiering on Lifetime Television.
Inspired by a true story, The Bling Ring centers around "Zack"
(Butler), a shy, awkward middle-class boy searching to be accepted by his high
school classmates. When he meets "Natalie" (Chang), a seemingly nice girl
but in actuality a bit more nefarious than one would think, the promise of
popularity and friendship soon becomes a reality when they begin 'shopping' in
the closets of the rich and famous. Empowered by the thrill of not getting
caught and under the impression the stolen goods will make them popular, Zack,
Natalie and a few other friends begin breaking into the homes of a number of
major celebrities, robbing them of millions of dollars in clothes, shoes and
jewelry. As their crimes begin to attract the attention of the media, the
group succeeds in becoming the envy of their peers. Meanwhile, Zack's
mother, "Iris" (Grey), happy to see that her son has finally made friends, is
blissfully unaware of his crime spree...until it begins to attract the wrong
kind of attention and the authorities arrest the culprits, bringing their Bling
Ring to a halt.
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