Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 103 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. We’re getting the story of four Aboriginal sisters struggling to make it big as a singing group during the 1960s, so there’s civil unrest and violence in Australia and abroad; as well as some slow dancing and kissing; cursing; occasional ethnic slurs against the Aborigines in Australia; and cigarette smoking and drinking. All fairly typical stuff for a movie set in the ’60s, but the film does a good job balancing its history lesson elements with invigorating, catchy musical scenes that will entertain younger teens.
‘The Sapphires’ seems to tread familiar ground, with its depiction of a girls’ singing group trying to succeed and stay together. Yet the film, based on a true story and set against the engaging backdrop of 1960s Australia, succeeds not only because of its impactful historical context but also its wonderfully done performances of straight Motown soul.
By Roxana Hadadi
We’ve had “Dreamgirls” and “Sparkle” and all kinds of movies about girl groups trying to hit success, but there’s something about “The Sapphires” that sets it apart—and that something is Irish actor Chris O’Dowd (of “Bridesmaids”). The man is infectiously charming, bringing the exact right kind of humor to this dramedy—the story may seem familiar, but O’Dowd’s performance elevates it quite nicely.