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You have to wonder about the film's almost complete portrayal of Aborigines as dim-witted dunderers, dancing fools, thieves and drunks. Whites fare no better. Does the film explode stereotypes, or reinforce them?
The singsongy score is a mostly forgettable potpourri of folk, reggae, country and gospel poorly lip-synced by cast members whose uneven vocal chops underscore the ingenuousness of characters like the virginal Willie.
When Australian Aborigines appear on the big screen, it's rare to see them as fully fleshed-out contemporary human beings. That's where this lightweight and enjoyable, if frustratingly uneven, comedy-musical makes its biggest contribution.
It's almost impossible not to be swept up by the exuberant fun of this singing, dancing, irony-laced ode to the repression, reeducation and resistance of Australia's indigenous tribal peoples circa 1969.
Director Rachel Perkins aims for broad comedy in the familiar Australian style -- in the manner of Muriel's Wedding and Strictly Ballroom -- but she often overshoots, and slapstick overwhelms the movie's satire of the infinite varieties of piety.
The choreography is sloppy and lifeless; the outmoded blend of vintage rock, country and Broadway styles doesn't click; and the characters are such caricatures that it's no wonder the entire cast is overacting.