The Sapphires Review

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Boozy talent scout Dave (O'Dowd) stumbles upon a talented by callow girl group in Outback Australia. Soon he has them drilled and on a plane to entertain the boys in Vietnam.


A girl group entertains the troops in this Australian feelgood comedy. It’s 1968, and a trio of Aboriginal singing sisters are desperate to spread their wings. Encouraged by their drunken Irish manager (Chris O’Dowd), they head off to a war zone. It’s a baptism of fire, but this skims over the downers in favour of gentle laughs, romance and infectious soul numbers. There are undeniable flaws, from cheesy dialogue to neglected subplots. But there’s something so lovable about The Sapphires’ enthusiasm, and powerful about its moments of tenderness, that it’s no surprise this has gone down a storm in Australia.

This musical comedy pitches for the musical uplift of The Commitments and Good, Morning Vietnam's laughs and while it may not quite match the highs of either of those, it's far too lovable to resist.