Material Girls (and Guy): “The Bling Ring” Opens Tonight

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Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang and Claire Julien in “The Bling Ring.”

Los Angeles–What will you be doing tonight? If you’re fashion-and-celebrity obsessed—or obsessed with the fashion-and-celebrity obsessed—“The Bling Ring” is just the movie for you.

Sophia Coppola’s fifth feature film focuses on the ripped-from-the-headlines tale of a group of materialistic, star-struck teens who broke into celebrity homes and stole clothing, jewelry, accessories and lots and lots of cash.

Blame it on the tabloids and internet, which give mere mortals plenty to envy and covet, especially those in Southern California who live so close yet oh-so-far to such fame and fortune.

The stars hit included Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green and wife (then-girlfriend) Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom and wife (then-girlfriend) Miranda Kerr, “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge. And example of the take? Almost $2 million in jewelry walked right out of Paris Hilton’s home in one of her Louis Vuitton tote bags.

Handbags for sale! The teens try to make some fast cash off their stolen loot.

Handbags for sale! The teens try to make some fast cash off their stolen loot.

Armed with internet information on where the stars lived and when they were away from home, the thieves didn’t just grab-and-go, they often lingered in the mansions to soak up the atmosphere of their “fashion idols” and play rich-and-famous for a bit. While they sold some of their stash to pay for their lifestyles, they also incorporated other pieces into their wardrobe.

Moviegoers can marvel in the stupidity of mega-millionaire stars who leave their front doors unlocked, the shallowness of today’s teens, or the hubris of thieves who do themselves in by bragging publicly about their robberies. Cautionary tale? Maybe, but it’s a well-dressed one.

“The Bling Ring” opens tonight.