I finally caught up and watched THE BLING RING! And man, how did I miss all the DRAMA surrounding it’s creation?
Quick reminder – THE BLING RING book was written (based on true events) by Nancy Jo Sales and published May 2013 by IT Books. The movie, based off the book, was directed by Sophia Coppala and stared Emma Watson and came out only a month after the book!
So first things first. This really happened – more or less. The kids portrayed in the movie really did break into celebrity homes, steal their belongings and sell them or keep them to wear themselves. This wasn’t a one time thing – this stretched over about a year in ‘08-‘09, and resulted in a total of 3 million dollars worth of stolen goods from the likes of Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom and more.
I went into the movie, not having read the book and having no real prior knowledge about these kids, their lives or even the court cases against each of them. Yea, I saw it on the news in passing when it happened – but the rich being robbed, I don’t mean to sound heartless but I just didn’t care at the time.
This is very much an Independent Film. You know, the kind of film that the really cultured have an appreciation for but the majority of the world look at with a slight head tilt trying to figure out what they are missing. The acting, or “monotone-emotionless-line-reading” as it would more accurately be described as, drove me up the wall. Emma Watson’s character Nicki was especially horrid, the forced American accent was painful to listen to. Thankfully I actually sought out an interview with the girl who Emma was supposed to be portraying mid-way through the movie that helped me understand why the overly dramatic valley girl tone was even attempted. It made things easier to swallow for the rest of the film.
I was entertained enough as I have a soft spot for “True Stories”. Once I am done with the movie I tend to obsess a bit and hunt down all the info. The “where are they now” shots. Who’s still in jail – you know, all the good stuff. Well, guess what I found out…
1. The officer (in the movie he’s the actual guy who hauls Emma Watsons character out
of her house) got in HUGE trouble for consulting with Nancy Jo and Sophia because the case was still under investigation when he was handing out information.
2. Because of that, everyone involved got reduced sentences. The judge actually told the kids they should thank him, because of his bad choice they were getting off lighter.
3. Paris Hilton, though one of the victims in this case, was not only in the movie but offered up her house as a filming location. That girl will do anything for role I a movie, and her house…well let’s just say it’s so not what I expected. At least I now know where she hides everything…lol
4. One of the items taken from Audrina Patridge’s house was her grandmothers engagement ring. Even though a lot of the items were recovered and returned to their owners, sadly this piece was not.
All in all I’m glad I watched the movie – but I’m not necessarily sure I’m okay with the way it and the book came to be. It was just negligent and selfish of the detective to divulge classified information for a 45 second role in a move and a book written about one of his cases. Thankfully this wasn’t a capitol murder chase!! Nancy Jo as a reporter/magazine article writer clearly would have known what he was doing was wrong. I’m just really dumbfounded by the series of events that took place incorrectly and yet this book and movie still came to be.
Have you seen THE BLING RING? What did you think?