Sometimes it's pretty fun to live vicariously through the characters we see on the big screen, especially when those characters are young, pretty, spoiled, and living it up in the L.A. party scene, like the privileged socialite wannabes in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring."
Newcomer Katie Chang stars as Rebecca, the group's ringleader/chief sociopath who's obsessed with Lindsay Lohan. Israel Broussard ("Flipped") is her doting, anxiety-ridden BFF Marc, while Emma Watson ("Harry Potter"), Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Claire Julien round out the posse.
The pretty young things embark on a series of incredibly brazen home robberies. They target celebs whose closets they want to raid, including Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge and Megan Fox, and use online gossip rags to figure out who's going to be out of town, and when.
The most remarkable thing about this stylized tale is that it's based on a true story. That incredible fact may be the only thing keeping people from dismissing the plotline as being too far-fetched. I mean, who in their right mind would break into Paris Hilton's fabulously kitschy house repeatedly, steal her cash, raid her closet and hang out in her own personal home nightclub?
Of course, this group of over-privileged, self-absorbed bandits weren't in their right minds. But that's why "The Bling Ring" is so fun to watch. These kids (with the exception of anxious Marc) are completely worry-free, because they live in a materialistic "now," with no mind for the future. They party, steal, shop and play dress-up. Until it all comes crashing down, inevitably.
Even though these kids are hardly role models, it is fun living vicariously through Coppola's stylized versions of them. They aren't the first spoiled teens that we've lived vicariously through: here are our top five faves.
1. Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Ferris is the ultimate character to live vicariously through. He has one mission in life: to have fun. The most fun possible. And if that means ditching school and stealing cars, so be it!
2. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) in "Clueless." Cher has it all -- including a conscience, which can sometimes dampen her mindless fun. But, conscience or not, she still has a pretty awesome life: she lives in a Beverly Hills mansion, she has a killer wardrobe and a super-cute step-brother played by Paul Rudd.
3. Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in "Mean Girls." Regina's not exactly a role model, but wouldn't it be fun to be her for a day? Struttin' around school in designer duds, hooking up with the hottest dudes and bossing around a loyal posse. (Not to mention sipping drinks served to her by her super eager-to-please mom!)
4. Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) in "Risky Business." It's not all fun and games for Joel. But while the good times last, they're pretty darn good. When his rich parents go out of town, he dances around in his underpants, goes joyriding in his Dad's Porsche, and even hooks up with a beautiful lady of the night.
5. Cooper (Jacob Pitts) in "EuroTrip." The entire gang in "EuroTrip" has a lot of fun, but perhaps none more so than devil-may-care Cooper. Plus, he's getting paid the whole time he's having crazy fun in Europe, since he's cleverly using a cell phone to pretend he's been at work at his summer internship the whole time.
"The Bling Ring" is already playing at select theatres in the U.S., and opens in theatres in Canada on June 21.