The New Cinema of Stuff

Materialism at the movies, just the way you like it

Trust me: they're nice shoes. a lot of nice shoes. When the teenage antiheroes of The Bling Ring (in limited release June 14, nationwide June 21) first see the shoes--which, in the film and in real life, belong to Paris Hilton, into whose home they've broken--their gasps make sense. They're also mostly spontaneous. Sofia Coppola, who directed and wrote the movie based on the true tale of California kids on a celebrity-burglary spree, didn't let her actors examine Hilton's closet before the cameras were rolling. The result is a moment of shock and awe and, most of all, desire.

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