Welcome to Felons on Film, a bi-weekly podcast presented by Geek Hard that looks at films based on real life crimes. Join hosts Andrew Young and Elspeth McRobb as they see what happens when true crime meets artistic license and explore murder and thievery on the silver screen.

This time on Felons on Film, Andrew and Elspeth take a look at the 2013 theft film, The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola. Inspired by the 2010 Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales, The Bling Ring follows a handful of fame-obsessed teenagers who decided to break into the houses of the celebrities they idolized to steal their clothes and accessories. Here’s an excerpt from the original article that sums up some of the group’s antics:

Between October of 2008 and August of 2009, the alleged members of the Bling Ring collectively stole more than $3 million in jewelry and high-end designer goods from a number of Young Hollywood players: Hilton, Lohan, Patridge (a regular on the reality show The Hills), Bilson (former star of The O.C.), original Beverly Hills 90210 cast member Brian Austin Green and his girlfriend, actress Megan Fox. They are said to have tried to rob High School Musical’s, Ashley Tisdale too, but fled when discovered by a female houseguest.

Vanity Fair – March 2010

The film was met with mixed reviews with the only constant being praise given to Emma Watson for her supporting role performance. But was the film an accurate portrayal of the Bling Ring’s capers? More importantly, was it worth portraying in the first place? Listen to Andrew and Elspeth give their opinions on this underage crime spree. Was fashion the true crime here? Find out on the latest episode of Felons on Film!

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