Review: The Sapphires

March 27, 2013, 7:39 am
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Stashing a boatload of likability in its back pocket, The Sapphires is the most affable, innocuous outing ever set in a war zone.

The tale of four aboriginal girls from Down Under forming a girl group is one of those Argo-esque stories – few folks know a lick about the quartet which escaped Supremes-level success but held their own in late 1960s Vietnam.

Touring the war-torn country alongside their goofy manager, Dave Lovelace (the soon-to-be-superstar Chris O' Dowd stealing scene after scene), the ladies (headlined by a Christina Aguilera-voiced Jessica Mauboy) entertain troops and dodge Vietcong bombs while dealing with their own infighting.

The group's "mama bear", Gail (Deborah Mailman), wrestles for creative control with Dave while simultaneously bickering back and forth with her singing sisters – life on the road ain't easy, doubly so inside a theater of war.

The romance that blossoms between Dave and Gail doesn't click - their physical incompatibility alone makes it tough to buy into. Although the mushy stuff serves up the kind of happy ending audiences adore. 

Color me charmed.

Final Cut Score: 83%


It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R-rated film, Blade Runner. The futuristic vision that Ridley Scott unleashed on the screen was simply soul-expanding — spiritual even. From that moment, my mission to have that kind of magic strike again began in earnest. My hope is to be able to shine a light on films that may just have that kind of effect on you — films that may be lesser known, but not lesser in impact. 
- Erick Weber

Final Cut Scoring System
99-95% Opening night
94-90% Opening weekend
89-86% In theaters
85-83% On Demand
82-80% Netflix/Redbox
79-75% If desperate
74-70% If dozing off
69-65% If intoxicated
64-60% If comatose
Below 60% If brain dead

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