Chris O'Dowd in 'The Sapphires' (Photo: The Weinstein Company)
Chris O'Dowd delivers another off-kilter comedic performance in the infectious dramedy "The Sapphires," a fact-based musical that has all the makings of a sleeper hit. The Irish-born newlywed ("Bridesmaids," TV's "Girls") plays a down-and-out Australian music promoter who stumbles across three country-western-singing Aboriginal women at a backwater talent contest. He recognizes their ability, rebrands them as a soul-music girl band, and sends them on the road for an all-expenses-paid tour to entertain the troops in Vietnam (cue bombs bursting in air).
Sure, there's a bit of formula, and an extra measure of feel-good, but this underdog story set in the aftermath of Australia's Stolen Generation hits home with heart and humor.Read More »from ‘The Sapphires’ charmer Chris O’Dowd sings out — and admits to being heckled for his cad in ‘Girls’