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“Bling Ring” reality show is “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” on Adderall

Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” which opens Friday, is a fictional film based on the real-life exploits of a group of teenage burglars who in 2008 and '09 robbed a string of celebrities' houses, relieving them of millions of dollars of name-brand accessories, cash, and, in one instance, Paris Hilton’s cocaine. The story ofthe Bling Ring is both timeless and timely: a group of wannabes amorally striving to level up a class -- or, in this case, a list -- are the law-breaking, vacuous relatives of such highbrow social climbers as Becky Sharp and Pip Pirrip, but these ones come with highly specific 21st century signifiers (and horrifiers): their phones, their prescriptions, their sunglasses, their googling abilities, their spaced-out California-inflected ennui, and, most of all, their burning desire to be not rich, but famous.

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