In 2012, a group of privileged teenagers were sentenced for burgling the houses of celebrities (including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan) for illicit kicks and social infamy, taking around $3m. This is the implausible but true basis for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s fifth film, which re-creates the vicarious mayhem in pop-video style and to an extent satirises vapid celeb culture. It also gives Emma Watson her breakout part as one of the LA airheads who can’t form sentences without using the word “like”. Hilton and her house cameo as themselves, as if to square the self-reflexive circle, and as long as you don’t expect to get inside the perpetrators’ pretty little heads, as a real-life crime drama, it’s certainly refreshingly different.
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