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"THE SAPPHIRES"
(2013) (Deborah Mailman, Chris O'Dowd) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Three Aboriginal sisters and their cousin escape the racism of 1960s Australia and head to Vietnam as a singing group to entertain the troops.
PLOT:
It's 1968 and Gail (DEBORAH MAILMAN), Cynthia (MIRANDA TAPSELL) and Julie (JESSICA MAUBOY) are sisters who want something more than life on the Aboriginal reserve where they live with their parents, other family members and friends. They're quite good singers and enjoy performing country and western songs, but must contend with racism from the outside white population toward them. That is, except for Dave (CHRIS O'DOWD), a bored musical accompanist for local singing contests.

When he hears the sisters, he's blown away, unlike the racist white audience. But he thinks they should transition from country and western songs to soul, and that they'd be perfect with him serving as their manager if they'd agree to travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops.

After adding the girls' cousin, Kay (SHARI SEBBENS) back into the group -- she was removed from the family as a child and sent to be raised by a white family due to her light skin color -- Dave gets down to business honing their skills. But he must also contend with long-standing bickering between Gail and Kay; believing that Julie should replace Gail as the lead singer; and trying to convince the girls' family to let him take them to Vietnam.

Once there, they are treated like stars, while Kay finds a would-be suitor in American soldier Robby (TORY KITTLES) and some flirting develops between Dave and Gail. But his drinking and the inherent dangers of performing in Vietnam during a war threaten to undermine the group's budding success.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into singing, all-girl musical groups or are interested in the historical period depicted in the film, they might be interested.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking.


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