Parents' Guide to

The Sapphires

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Interesting true story has good music, not enough soul.

Movie PG-13 2013 103 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Wonderful movie to watch for the whole family.

I thought that this was a really good film. It is a good film that the whole family can watch together and still get something positive out of it. I loved the music and it has a great message about having pride in your heritage and being who you are. It has its funny moments and its tearful moments that make you just want to cry. Overall I rate it 5 out of 5 and I strong encourage people to watch this film.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (4):

Co-written by Tony Briggs, who's the son of one of the real-life Sapphires, THE SAPPHIRES is beautifully cast and has great music, as well as a terrific true story at its core. It's too bad that that story -- while certainly a feel-good tale -- ends up feeling fairly formulaic; at times it feels more like a story you've heard before than anything that might actually have happened in real life.

At one point, Dave explains how soul music is about loss and fighting to hang on. But at another point, he hangs signs on the four singers with labels like "the sexy one" and "the dance captain." To put it simply, the movie is more about signs like those than about loss or fighting or hanging on. It knows exactly where to put songs, montages, dramatic interruptions, and cheerful celebrations, each of which is designed to push an audience's buttons on cue. Many folks' buttons will definitely be pushed, but it's too bad The Sapphires isn't more in touch with its own soul.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 22, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: August 6, 2013
  • Cast: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy
  • Director: Wayne Blair
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous directors
  • Studio: Weinstein Co.
  • Genre: Musical
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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