Starring: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Written By: Sofia Coppola, Nancy Jo Sales
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
This film is about a seemingly affluent guy and some pretty girls running around living a fake super glamorous lifestyle. It’s not deep but it is oddly compelling to (seemingly) peer into Megan Foxes’ bedroom, Paris Hiltons’ disco room and Orlando Blooms’ wardrobe. It has a cute fun soundtrack and everything is beautifully shot in a colourful and clean style. Emma Watson easily drops her English accent and steps out of Hermiones’ shadow and blends deftly into a materialistic and opportunistic Californian. All the actors do well and are convincingly naturalistic. The characters are clearly misguided in their choice of role models and shallow desire,s and even though what they do is wrong, watching it you can’t help but be amazed at how ballsy they are and how lax their victims were. Leaving their expensive mansions and cars open, with the keys under the matt is no less. The glamour of today’s celebrities creating massive consumerist greed and lazy deviance in society of today, and especially it’s youth, is horrifying and fascinating to behold. No overriding motivation is given other than fun and excitement and it’s really only their bragging and casual carelessness than makes it come to an abrupt end. It’s not deep and I don’t think the director is trying to say much other than just show a quirky awkward and kind of amusing phase or these youngsters.
This is a true story of bored teenagers going into celebrities homes an then partying with their possessions and then ultimately stealing more and more. Sofia Copolla has made a slick and well made non judgmental film. The actors are never annoying and it is handled with a light entertaining touch. It comes down to light fluff that aims to show you a little naughtiness in a fun way but ultimately we know the moral is – crime doesn’t pay!
Best viewing format:
It’s more of a TV movie so a regular dvd or streaming show will do.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
When asked by their home study mother what attributes the girls most admire in Angelina Jolie, they instantly say “her husband!”, the mum looks disapproving, they then consider again and offer “her hot bod?” It’s great and disturbingly telling moment of today’s miss-directed youth.