“Ocean’s 8” (Warner Bros.)

Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock and Rihanna star in a scene from the movie "Ocean's 8." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service

Clever humor keeps this elaborate crime caper on pace as a recently released ex-con (Sandra Bullock) and her longtime partner (Cate Blanchett) bring together an eccentric fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), a jeweler (Mindy Kaling), a con artist (Awkwafina), an experienced fence (Sarah Paulson) and a computer hacker (Rihanna) to pull off a heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala. Their target is a unique diamond necklace they must manage to convince Cartier’s to loan to a movie star (Anne Hathaway) for the event.

Grown viewers willing to treat larceny as nonchalantly as do director and co-writer Gary Ross and his script collaborator Olivia Milch will also get an eyeful of glamour. Less easily sloughed off than the principal theft is a subplot involving the revenge-driven frame-up of the selfish art dealer (Richard Armitage) whose cowardice sent Bullock’s character to the slammer in the first place.

A vengeance theme, a bedroom scene involving handcuffs, brief nonmarital sensuality, drug use, a couple of profanities, at least one rough and several crude terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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